All this time spent training for stage and working on stage makes me both forget and underestimate my interest in film. Shooting the dvd audition, I immediately fell into a relationship with the camera--to a problematic degree, in fact, because I has hard pressed to crank up my theater audition big enough for a 'theater' audition, rather than for camera. I like putting a performance into that black eye. I like eyebrow and mouth acting. I seem to relax there. At least, as of now.
I want to do Shakespeare on camera. I get that. I get the marriage of theatricality to naturalism on camera. Actually, it's the kind of acting that works best for certain kinds of feature film action dramas: space operas, westerns, international spy thrillers. Lines need to be delivered with full value to 'information' and larger-than-life dramatic details while remaining in a believable naturalistic framework. These performances rarely transpire to be truly naturalistic, when examined for half a second, but they work. Watch Daniel Day Lewis in Their Will Be Blood (he acts big; supporting players around him act filmic-small, providing the velvet backdrop to the jewels he drops.)