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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FACTS Directors and actors all too often underestimate the power of facts. They
have a tendency to want to embellish them with explanations. Explanations
weaken facts because explanations are subjective, interpretative; facts ...
develop the skeleton of backstory facts into a rich, created universe — can be
truly magical. Use facts ... A more helpful place to start our explorations into this
character would be to note as a fact, “He doesn't express his feelings.” She wrote
Facts are a potent weapon in script analysis. The great thing about facts is that,
as the saying goes, you can't argue with 'em. If you have a disagreement with an
actor, go over the facts of the scene together. You may be able to find out how the
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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