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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When the actor judges a character and telegraphs to the audience, “I'm the good
guy,” “I'm the loser,” or “I'm the villain,” he is playing a caricature — who can care
what happens to him? When the director directs by telling the actors: “You are ...
Sometimes, while the camera is running, something unusual happens — a line is
dropped, a prop breaks or is missing, ... (although who knows?), but because an
event/mistake could happen to the actor interiorly—a memory, an association, ...
In other words, "What happens next?" The director is responsible for putting the
events of the scenes together to make a satisfying story, that is, keeping the
audience interested in what happens next. The events, however well understood
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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