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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It turns out that obligation, the need to do things “right,” servicing the script is so
inappropriate to acting that it is better for an actor to place a full, relaxed
concentration on the “wrong” thing than a tense, strained concentration on the “
Whatever you do, for God's sake, stop doing it 'right's It's better to do it wrong than
to do it right!" He would then ask the student, “Okay, what's the right way to play
your role?” And she would say (for instance), “Lady Macbeth is very angry and ...
“I'm afraid my direction was not very clear, but I know you can do better and I want
more.” Sometimes the shock value of plainly telling an actor, “It's not real enough”
is exactly what's needed. By the way, “It's not real enough” is a better direction ...
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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