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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If the producer of your feature film tells you she can't get the money for the project
unless you accept a certain actor in the lead role — perhaps an actor you think is
wrong for the part — you must make the choice to work with that actor or give ...
Most of the time when directors give result direction or general direction, it means
that the only ideas they have are clichés. They haven't gone beneath the most
obvious, surface possibilities of the script. The choices themselves are pedestrian
Here are some examples of how to ask the actors to listen more: "Give the lines to
each other." "Keep it simple." "Stay with each other." "It's okay to relax. Let
yourselves connect." "Communicate." "Just talk and listen." "Let yourself hear
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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