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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And sometimes an actor is “hovering” over his performance and needs to let it go,
in which case “Give it more energy” would be almost the right thing to say. My
point is that these two phrases are overused and actors, when they hear them
If at all times the actor is talking about something real, then the audience can
hear that in the words. They don't know what the substitution is; that is, they don't
know what truth is being spoken, but they hear truth being spoken. Lines spoken
I often hear directors describe characters in terms of what they are not. “Stephen
is not a good employee.” “Angel probably doesn't have boyfriends.” As soon as I
hear statements like that, I turn them into questions: Is Stephen good at his job?
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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