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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I don't even like the term “in character” because it sounds static. The actor and
director need to break down their ideas about the character into a series of
playable tasks. This takes insight and knowledge of human behavior, and it takes
Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television Judith Weston.
playable “He wants her to go to bed with him.” Rather than “He is taking out his
frustrations,” say, “He is picking a fight.” Rather than “He wants to talk to someone
,” say, ...
In rehearsal the actor has a chance to ponder a result direction and translate it
into something playable, but on the set he doesn't have that time. In fact, you may
not want the actors to mull over the direction. You may want to catch them ...
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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