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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In each scene, although the action verb may change frequently, each character
has one objective. In life our needs ... I have heard actors refer to a "driving
energy" or finding the character's "agenda" or "motor" — also objectives. You can
I often hear directors describe characters in terms of what they are not. “Stephen
is not a good ... Sometimes I hear people say about characters, “She doesn't
have much of a sense of humor,” or “He isn't very smart.” A character who is what
The basis for a character's through-line is his given circumstances, that is, his
facts or his situation. A simple reminder of the characters' facts, or backstory (“You
're seeing your ex-lover for the first time in ten years, and he is now married with ...
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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