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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This is called giving the actor a line reading, that is, telling the actor what
inflection to give to a line. For the line “You always do that,” there are at least four
different line readings, because there are four different words you can inflect: “
If actors use rehearsal to set line readings, then rehearsal is a very bad idea
indeed. Most modern actors do not deliberately setline readings, but unless they
apply craft deliberately not to set them, they may fall into them. All of us have a ...
Overacting can easily follow from getting stuck playing set line readings or
punctuation. Because once the line reading is set, if the actor attempts to give the
line more spark he only succeeds in adding emphasis. Sort of like the
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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