Norfolk Actor Marie Cooper-Offstage and Off-camera

Norfolk Actor Marie Cooper offstage and offcamera
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Theatres are tentatively opening up. Albeit with smaller capacities and restrictions in place. Hopefully, the fears of being locked down are in the rearview mirror and cancellations, if there are any are now, are due to things that we are used to in the UK, such as rainy weather preventing outside performances. And maybe the occasional Covid ping disaster on the NHS app. But unfortunately, I am still in a non-performing lockdown.

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Watersprite Film Festival

Film camera depicting film and movie testimonials for actor Marie Cooper
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An exciting start to the day this morning. I was sent over a new batch of short films to judge for the Watersprite Film Festival. It’s a fantastic event to support and encourage talented student filmmakers from all around the world. The festival is run by students, for students, via both Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University. Entry into the film festival is totally free.

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Well, it’s been almost seventeen weeks since the two-week quarantine began. Still no help at all forthcoming from the UK government for all those excluded from any help for lost self-employed earnings. The same government that proclaimed that we were “all in this together” and “no one will be left behind”.

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Acting using Affective Memory

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Drawing on Emotion for Acting

I find film far more challenging than theatre and today was particularly difficult as we were filming a funeral scene for the short film Duelo. I was playing Clemence, the mother to Stephen and Tristan. To authentically feel genuine loss of a person close to Clemence character, I felt that I needed to draw on a particular memory. 

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