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The Eric Morris process, which has been modified and improved by Kathy Laughlin, is a process of acting that is basically broken down by Eric Morris into three major categories: the Business, the Instrument, and the Craft. The following is a brief overview of the Craft portion of the process. Although Eric Morris lists the process as Business, Instrument and Craft, Kathy has changed the order to: the Instrument, the Craft, and the Business. Here is the second in the series.
Exercises and techniques that help you create realities. A process that you can use to affect yourself the way the character in the material is affected. A process to help tune your instrument and keep it tuned.
Craft falls into three areas: Obligations, Choices and Choice Approaches.
Obligations, Choices and Choice Approaches are pure craft.
Obligation: The obligation in a scene (and there are many - Eric defined 7 - Kathy has increased that number to 10) is that which you want to feel or reach. It is the emotional life of the character. These are the elements that the playwright has stated as the realities of the material. You use your five senses (Touch or Tactile, Smell or Olfactory, Taste or Gustatory, Sight or Visual, Sound or Auditory) to make the obligations real and personal to you. (Some advanced actors use a 6th sense which will be discussed in more advanced lessons.)
Choice: An object that the actor chooses that will stimulate the experience and fulfill the obligations. Person, Place or Thing - Includes: odors, sounds, music, weather, etc.
Choice Approach: The tool that the actor uses to create the choice. Tools used to create the proper response or make the actors response real.
Please keep in mind that this brief summary will mean nothing without reading the books, involving yourself in Kathy’s or Eric's workshop, and physically, sensorially, and spiritually doing the exercises.