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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As soon as an actor tries to have a feeling, or produces a feeling on demand, he
looks like an actor, not a real person. People in real life often find our feelings are
obstacles to what we want to accomplish; we would prefer not to feel nervous at ...
The exercise must be carefully supervised, to make sure the participants are
speaking out of true impulse, not because they think it is time for them to come up
with something, or because they feel a need to entertain those who are watching
I think that when Billie Holiday said (in a radio interview) that to sing the blues
you have to feel it, she was talking about authenticity. Authenticity — not feeling,
exactly — is the goal, but authenticity is unlikely without feeling. Whatever truth
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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