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"This is a post about economy of movement, the idea that all screen movement should have a specific purpose, and that superfluous movement should be avoided. By way of a negative example, here's a speaker whose gestures are overwrought and distracting. Actually, it's kinda funny if you only watch for a minute or two. Repeating the same exaggerated gesture over and over is a good way to convey nervousness. Here's an example of the opposite: Madeline Kahn delivers her monologue beautifully when she's stiff as a board with only slight movement of the body. Most of the acting is in the face."
—Artist Eddie Fitzgerald on Acting (referring to these two videos)

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"I saw a thing, actually a study, that said: speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing. Number two was death. Death is number TWO? This means, to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy."
Jerry Seinfeld, from "I'm Telling You For The Last Time" (1998)

Do I have to stand up
Wild-eyed in the spotlight?
What a nightmare
Why don't I turn and run?

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