Character Work – Deconstructing Barney Fife

Part of developing a character is knowing a lot about where the voice is coming from in your head and mouth, how fast or slow, how high or low, if you are using your face or hands or body posture. How different is the voice from your own? What makes it different? Does the character have a different tempo or rhythm?

If you don’t know how to answer these questions, watch this short clip from a Pat Fraley workshop where he works with Scott Burns doing his wonderful Barney Fife voice, breaking it down to its character basics.


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