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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But it does mean she creates the character's behavior using her own impulses. ...
Every one of us carries somewhere inside us the impulse (perhaps so deeply
buried that it will never express itself in behavior) to do anything that any human ...
The other actor repeats exactly what the first actor has said, and the two of them
keep repeating the same phrase until one of them has an impulse to say
something else, which then gets repeated in the same way. The exercise must be
Has she really never had the impulse to disapprove or to punish? We have all
had the impulse, even if we never act on it. The actor gets to find it and then act
on it in the created world — to behave in ways she would never behave in real
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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