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 actors in a comedy are not listening, when they start to play the punchlines
or the schtick instead of playing the situations, the comedy becomes forced and a
terrible strain to watch. + + - The words that characters speak to each other are ...
listening, they don't appreciate the source of the tiny emotional events that read
like gangbusters on the big screen. It is astonishing to me that nowadays so
many directors — including directors who should know better—position
themselves at ...
Here's another way to tell whether the actors are listening. When actors listen,
their performances on each take are going to be slightly different. This idea is
frightening to directors. It takes tremendous courage and skill to trust this process.
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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