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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Use images as imaginative adjustments. The term adjustment is used differently
by different people. Sometimes it is misused. Sometimes it is confused with
attitude; it's possible, even common, to hear a director telling an actor to use “a ...
Adjustments are ways of talking about the character's behavior without using
adjectives. Instead of saying that character A is "respectful" toward character B,
you might say his adjustment is that "B is an important man," or, if you want to
Directors who are able to come up with perceptive and enticing adjustments are
rare, and adored by actors. An adjustment can be an “as if" or an “it's like when”
— a metaphor or parallel. Arthur Penn, when interviewed on “Inside the Actors ...
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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