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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When the actor or actors are concentrating on a physical problem or task, their
concentration can give the scene a sense of its emotional problem. A physical
task takes the actor's concentration off the lines, because he lets the lines come
Sometimes the productive way to talk about a character's need is to talk about the
character's "problem." The concept of "problem" incorporates the sense of need
with a sense of obstacle. Concentration on a problem creates a sense of task, ...
... the various ways of looking at the character's problem. You should understand
that if you engage in the problem with the actor, the performance might or might
not end up with the result you have in your mind. To work successfully this way, ...
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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