3 Tips on Visualizing a Character

Sometimes it’s hard to translate the writer’s vision onto the screen, especially with character. Here are three tips on how to keep your creative vision consistent through each stage of the filmmaking process.


  1. Keep a Costume Binder

Costumes contribute to the personality of a character and provide visual consistency. Have your wardrobe coordinator print various samples of outfits and add them to a binder, organizing by character from main to supporting. By doing so, you can insure that no two characters have the same style, making it easier for your actors to gain insight into their character on a deeper level and understand what differentiates them from the rest of the cast. Check out for costume ideas.

  1. Costume Rehearsals

Once you know what your actors will be wearing, have them rehearse in their costumes. This will not only help them start morphing into their character, but you will be able to see the costumes in motion, how they look in scenes, and discover any discomfort or alterations that may need to be made.

  1. Method Acting

A more dramatic approach to visualizing characters is to have your actors get in character the moment they step on set. With the previous rehearsals, the actor should have no problem portraying the character from the very first take.

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