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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Memory is the resource actors are using when they make personal substitutions
or when they work with the technique of affective memory. Affective memory (also
called emotional memory) is based on the technique of sense memory.
When I lead sense memory exercises in my classes I usually ask the students to
close their eyes, because in regular life we overuse our eyes as sensory portals
and it's hard to abandon ourselves to our sensations of touch and hearing and ...
Affective memory has for some people a kind of "black magic" status, and they
sometimes have violent objections to it. The good things about affective memory
are that it makes memory (a resource all actors use, one way or another) sensory
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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