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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Then, your understanding must be communicated: they need clear, brief,
playable direction. If any. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that they don't
want vague, confusing direction. Actors are usually better off left on their own
Many directors have heard of result direction and been terrorized by warnings of
its evils, but are not really sure what it is. Result-oriented direction attempts to
shape the actor's performance by describing the result you are after, i.e., how you
“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