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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MOMENT BY MOMENT “just because they say 'Action' doesn't mean you have to
do anything.” – Marlon Brando, reported by Al Pacino You've probably heard the
expression “in the moment” or “moment-by-moment work” applied to actors.
instead of in our bodies, intellectualizing our feelings and sensations; when,
while we are involved in one activity, our concentration is on the anxiety or
anticipation we feel toward an activity in the future — then we are not in the
It seems to me that “thinking loud” has to mean that the actor trusts whatever he is
thinking and feeling to be adequate to the moment. Actors call it “trusting the
moment.” Of course there is talent involved here, too. An actor's talent has to do
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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