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 important thing here is not that you are required to come up with and
articulate the correct action verb for every intention that you want the actor to
express, but that you can give more specific, more followable direction when you
And I can always find a way to give direction that doesn't damage their
confidence, even though I am like a dog with a bone when it comes to not giving
up on something I think is important. When actors are struggling, I always look for
the way ...
Giving life to the objects and activities of the character's world is as important as
finding her inner needs and impulses. Objects have tremendous power to create
energy. When directors define the physical staging of scenes, they become ...
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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