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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Every event, every moment in life, once it passes, is over. We cannot have our
lives back after we have lived them. When a director tells an actor, “That was
perfect. Do it again just like that,” he is asking for something that is just not going
“What if Angel and Stephen had sex together once?” These adjustments can be
agreed on by both actors (and the director) or they can be private; they can be
secrets. Stephen could adjust to the situation as if they have had the
Whatever you do, don't give the actor a laundry list all at once, of backstory and
objective and adjustment and action verb and images and physical life, etc. Work
on one thing at a time. LAYERS Directors commonly tell actors too much at once.
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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