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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True listening can be frightening to actors. Actors themselves call a fellow actor
who is a good listener unselfish. A reviewer called Emma Thompson's
performance in "Sense and Sensibility" "considerate" — I think he perceived that
she always ...
It can be hard for an actor who listens and gives to work opposite an actor who is
not listening. It's depressing, because the listening actor knows her chances for a
really great performance are going down the drain. Sometimes she tries to ...
Sometimes it works to give a resistant actor permission not to do it, but have as
your own unspoken subtext, “yet.” In other words, “Okay, let's forget that idea [for
now].” The actor may need time. He may register the direction without executing it
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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