Here are some YouTube links to look at - Alan Rickman transforming: For your reflective
writing can you hypothesize about what he is doing (not thinking) to create such vivid
characterizations? Pick one, or compare a couple....Use the Laban terms if you can. Remember,
acting is the visible expression of an inner event....
I love love love Alan Rickman and I think he is very interesting to watch. You can see some of
his mannerisms cross over roles, but other than that he does a wonderful job transforming into
characters. I think when I say mannerisms I really mean his swift sweeping movements. Sort of
punch and kick maybe? These are seen in his Sheriff of Nottingham character, as well as Severus
Snape in Harry Potter. This may be because of the costume too though. Regardless, it works for
both characters. I love how Alan carries himself when he is "in character" in Galaxy Quest. Right
before he goes onstage he is irratated, mad, and all hunched over trying to sneak out, when he
goes onstage though, he straightens up and glides across to his spot. Very cool! I've never seen
the Barchester Chronicles, but his character seems to be very direct and to the point. Not very
flexible. He's so young in that movie!
This was very helpful to watch because it showed me how to apply everything we've been
learning. It is nice to have someone who can transform so well to watch. I think I understand a
little better now!
My hypothesis of Galaxy Quest Scene(link 3):
Alan Rickman explores many different continuums and ranges on each continuum within this
short clip. I have divided my Laban terms in chronological order of the actions his character
creates in this film.
when he sits in the chair- free, light, sustained, indirect
when he leans on the vanity- more toward bound, successive, strong, sustained, direct
in the movie- free, direct, sudden
trying to escape- direct, strong, bound, strong, sudden
when pinned against wall- bound, then turns free for a second (you can see this in his
walks away, he is bound, simultaneous, strong and direct.
On stage- zipping up his jacket- strong, bound, sudden, direct.
walking to the edge of the stage- fairly free, simultaneous
hand across chest- free, light, sustained, direct
bow- sustained, indirect, bound and strong.
It was really cool to see the wide range that Alan Rickman has in these video clips. It is very
clear what he is doing as Severus Snape. He comes into the since in a very pinpointed fluid
manner. He switches into a controlled channeled manner when he is at the podium. When he
moves slightly to address Potter a lightness enters his movement but it is still very focused.
When he moves to talk directly to Potter his flow becomes a little freer just enough to see it only
if you are looking for it. This is in response to Potters back talking him in front of the class. Once
he sits down though his flow becomes bound again and directed toward the boy. His time
qualities become sharp and to the point and his space qualities become pinpointed as he zero ins
It is really cool to sit down and examine a scene like this. It was kind of a eye opener watching
the scene and then finding what he as doing in it physically. I saw glass menagerie this weekend
and the one thing about the show that let me down was the physicality. I felt that a lot of the
actors stayed in one plane the whole show and i think that if some of the physicality had been
changed that would have opened them up to finding the different levels of the character. These
Laban words might have been useful in exploring different ways of doing the same thing. It
obviously has worked for Alan Rickman whether or not he is using these exact terms or not.
After watching the clips of Alan Rickman, my reactions to his movement are as follows:
Free, because I do not think he could stop his actions in the midst of them. I would also
describe the flow of is movement as abandoned at times because he gets so furious and his
movement is so intense.
Rickman's movement definitely has strong weight. Every character he portrayed in
these clips was intense and forceful with his movements.
The timing of Rickman's movement, again in all the clips, was definitely sudden. His
movements were fast and short, and could be described as slashing. His movements as Severus
Snape can be described as pressing, yet he has many moments where there is a sudden, flicking
or slashing movement.
Overall, I would describe Rickman's movements as very direct. His character is usually
very single-focus and pinpointed.
The character of Rickman's I feel is the best example of his movement work in Severus Snape of
the Harry Potter series. This may also be because this is where I've seen so much of his work,
being a pretty diehard Harry Potter fan myself! In his movement work as Snape it is obvious
Rickman had to work to become very sudden, direct, and strong. If I remember correctly, the
Laban term used to describe this type of movement is 'slash' which I think is a very accurate term
to describe Rickman's work at Snape. When he enters a scene in the movie his stride is always
an unstoppable force, and nothing in his path could prevent him from getting exactly to or what
he is going towards. I have also observed how although most of his movement as Snape is very
sudden, he can have moments of almost sustained movement where he lingers, especially when
he is speaking to Harry or very much enjoying something mean he is saying, he will almost draw
it out longer. I always enjoyed Rickman's work as Snape, he was one of those characters I loved
to hate. I found it interesting to make myself think more intensely and more detailed about his
movement work as a specific character.