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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Away to use an adjustment if you want the actor to play the character with more “
cheer” might be to suggest that she take the adjustment that everything the
character opposite her is saying is really good news. In addition to the “what if?
In the next rehearsal or performance or take they may try to play that rhythm. ...
This is why many people find performances of Shakespeare incomprehensible,
because the actors are playing the poetry instead of letting the lines mean ...
Being able to believably play a spine different from one's own is quite a feat.
Some actors who play the same character in every movie are operating out of a "
secret identity" spine, different from their own, but for some reason easily and
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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