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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question, even if he asks you for an adjective, answer with a fact, a verb, an
image, an event, or a physical task. Or a question. Preferably a question. The
very best way to direct is not by giving direction at all, but by asking questions. All
It may surprise you in discussion with actors to hear them asking questions with
answers that seem obvious to you. I have seen ... If they do ask you, as director, a
question, don't answer unless you have an answer you believe in. Not all actors'
questions are answered. Make a big ... To me an important question of the scene
is raised by Stephen's line “...as soon as I get something taken care of. ... If you
find yourself jumping to a conclusion, I want you to put it in the form of a question.
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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