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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... the actors play through each beat) can help the audience follow the story, and
can help make a long scene seem less wordy; it can also help you pace the
scene. It is always a good idea to learn how to follow the rules before you break
... restricted only by the two rules of improv: “no denial” and “no obligation” (and,
as I mentioned earlier, the understanding that no one is to get hurt). I tell them to
allow the facts to be true, but not to use any of the lines and not to follow the plot ...
You don't have to follow your script analysis notes. Preparation and rehearsal is
not wasted, even if you don't follow it. A writer wouldn't think of publishing a first
draft. Script analysis is a director's first draft. Rehearsal is the second draft.
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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