For this Holiday edition of my blog, I've attached a picture of my better half (who, as any of our mixed doubles opponents can attest, is quite literally the better half when it comes to tennis).
The other day when I was on set for my latest film project, I found myself adjusting my acting based on how close or wide the frame was on me. Likewise, in tennis, I adjust my strokes based on where I am in relation to the net.
So, if you think about the net as the camera, some general rules that will make you "play" better are as follows:
When you're framed for a close-up in film or positioned for a volley in tennis, keep your movements small. If not, you risk moving out of focus in film and being late in tennis by swinging on your volleys.
By contrast, when you're framed for a wide shot in film or behind the baseline in tennis, it's best to go bigger with your movements. Otherwise, your actions will fall short. For example, you can take a fuller swing (backswing and follow-through) from the baseline in order to hit the ball harder and deeper.
Of course, the speed of the ball in tennis or the lens being used on the camera may require you to abbreviate your movements no matter what the distance is between you and the net or you and the camera.
I keep seeing parallels between acting and tennis. What are some that you've noticed? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!