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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Not all verbs are helpful in this context. State-of-mind verbs, such as to like, to
resent, to fear, are not necessarily any more helpful than adjectives. The helpful
verbs I call “action verbs.” An action verb is a transitive verb, a verb that takes an
There are two lists in the Appendix, a Short List of Action Verbs and a list of More
Action Verbs. Let's say you find yourself inclined to describe a character by
saying he is “being defensive.” See if you can translate that into a verb by
Use a verb instead of an emotion. Although we can't decide how to feel, we can
decide what to do. This makes the verb, something that we are doing, a playable
choice and a playable direction. The action verbs describe an emotional ...
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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