Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television
This is essential reading for anyone interested in directing or acting. Judith Weston's brilliance is to recognize that directors, actors, writers, and technicians are involved in a process that is at essence a collaboration. In order for them to have the best shot at creating something true and meaningful, they must share a language and a method of exchange that fosters creative cooperation. Weston rightly sees the director as the central figure in inspiring the energy of a production's harmony. She advises the prospective director on every aspect of a stage or film production, showing how the director can draw the best performances possible from actors. -- From Amazon.com.
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Woody Allen, in a 1994 New York Magazine article, disclosed that the reason he
uses one wide shot for most of his whole scenes is partly because it is quicker
and cheaper, but mostly it is for the actors, because it is a way to "let them talk," ...
It's like the love affair that the Woody Allen character in “Annie Hall” compares to
a shark: if it doesn't move forward it dies. Direction at this juncture has to do either
with focusing the actors on some playable task (such as “I want you to keep ...
... Steven Spielberg, 1982 Sense and Sensibility, Ang Lee, 1995 Casablanca,
Michael Curtiz, 1942 Midnight Cowboy, John Schlesinger, 1969 The Graduate,
Mike Nichols, 1967 Annie Hall, Woody Allen, 1977 The White Balloon, Jafar
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Anyone who is interested in working with actors should read this book; It's one of my the very best books I've read on the subject. Read full review