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 my Acting for Directors class I begin with a listening exercise; first I ask each
student to make eye contact with his partner. ... When we use our eyes in the
regular way, we are checking, evaluating, categorizing — this is not a bad thing
to do ...
Of course true listening can happen without eye contact, but it is easier with it.
And eye contact is very ... "All you have to do is look at Anthony Hopkins' eyes
and you get so much, your job is cut in half, there's so much in his eyes. He was
When I lead sense memory exercises in my classes I usually ask the students to
close their eyes, because in regular life we overuse our eyes as sensory portals
and it's hard to abandon ourselves to our sensations of touch and hearing and ...
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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