What is LOF?
The “Language of the Face” (LOF) is a method of human nonverbal communication that uses specific facial muscle movements at various intensities and speed to communicate thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Over the years I have used this Language of and developed a process and a set of tools that guides you into
The tools and process teaches you how to communicate nonverbally
what you feel and think through the use of Emotional Facial Expressions... When done correctly, it allows the viewer to read your mind.
Does it Look Real?
The beauty of learning emotional facial expressiveness is that, when you speak the language clearly, it looks like life – completely natural. And the more skilled an actor becomes at it, the easier it is ...and looks. In fact, once you become fluent, it looks like you aren’t doing anything, which couldn’t be further from the truth. When the language is learned, an actor is able to clearly communicate thoughts and feelings – and it looks effortless.
Is this Face Acting?
Absolutely not. Emotional facial expressions are the direct result of thoughts and feelings. In other words, stimulus and response. This process is based on the work of leading researchers in the field of emotions.
(LOF) Learning the Language of the Face (LoF) gives you the tools to interpret directions and create any real, appropriate, emotional reaction on demand. Knowledge of this language also allows you to create, manage, mask, blend, qualify and communicate emotions from the most subtle to the extreme. It’s the language every successful Film and TV actor had to learn, mostly through trial and error.
Don’t We All Speak This Language Naturally?
Most of us understand this language when we see it. Without a word spoken, we’re able to pick up facial cues from others that tell us if they’re upset or frightened or feeling sad, for example.
But reading this facial language and ‘speaking’ it are two different things. It's like growing up with an Italian speaking grandma. You understand when she asks you in Italian for her shoes or coffee, but you don't speak a word of Italian. It's also like any other language, if we give a certain word more emphasis or the wrong inflection, or use the wrong word entirely, it’s very difficult to be understood. The same is true with The Language of the Face: an uplift of the eyebrows, a downward curl of the lip or squinting of the eyes – they all say something very specific. Yet we do these things without realizing it and often communicate something different from what we intend.
Another problem we have in speaking the language is that we were never taught how. We learned this form of communication by trial and error. We learned that when mom had a certain look on her face, that was the time to ask her for more cookies. When dad had a specific look on his face, we learn to stay away. Most of our learning was not how to express but how to manage what we felt.
The Science Behind The Language!
The science has revealed that there are 7 Universal Emotions. Anywhere on the planet people will recognize Anger, Surprise, Happy, Disgust, Contempt, Sadness and Fear. The emotions are universal because they have distinct muscle groups or patterns that are unique to each emotion. They also have unique triggers, sensations and impulses. Also worthy of mentioning is that within each emotion is there is a family of emotions. What this means to the on-camera actor is that every recognizable emotional reaction will be a part of or combination of or a blend of these 7 universal emotions.
The creative or professional who understands this language and acquires the skill to create and control, not only what their body and voice is communicating, but their face has a serious advantage over those who don't.
Are You Really Prepared To work In Front of the Camera?
My goal is to share with you information that can make a difference in your on-camera acting career. Since my expertise is in emotions and emotional expression take a moment to fill out the form on the right and share with me what you would like to know most about emotion creating and emotion revealing for the camera.