UNCG Magazine

A lesson of their own, with Geena Davis

When Geena Davis offers you a masterclass on acting for the camera, you grab your notepad and get the best seat you can.

Acting major Katherine Gerondelis loved Davis’ funny stories and the practical tips. “I learned that using your emotions before a shoot is okay – and to make sure to somewhat put yourself in a similar situation before your shoot,” she said

Another tip? “Continuity (in each take) is incredibly important in film.”

Acting major Emily Ann Wright said, “One of my big takeaways was how your character’s subtext doesn’t change. Because the nature of film acting doesn’t allow for a lot of rehearsal time, you have to be ready for your scene partner to give you something unexpected. So, you prepare and plan in advance, and then you have the foundation to add layers on top based on what your scene partner gives you.”

Geena Davis drew a large audience for her UCLS performance. But this lesson exclusively for students was unforgettable.

By Mike Harris ’93 MA
Photography by Martin W. Kane

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