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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I feel it is important for you to cast actors who have ideas and are willing to take
risks; that is why I feel strongly that you should hear what the actors have brought
in before giving any direction. And then, even if you hate what he did the first time
... or his hairdresser—or whatever. Sometimes once one star is attached to the
project you can ask him to read with other actors in line for other roles. This is a
good idea if it can be worked out because, after all, you are casting relationships.
Many directors know so little about actors that they think that the purpose of
casting is to find actors with whom there won't be any problems. There is no such
animal! When an actor keeps forgetting a line, for example, it may be because of
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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