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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... was like acting — the pitcher works on his mechanics (for the actor, this means
script analysis and rehearsal of playable choices) ahead of time and he creates a
connection to the strike zone (the actor's “sense of belief in the created reality”).
It is the actor's job to find that impulse and surrender to it honestly in the created
reality. You see he finds the impulse, not the deed itself. Because it is not real
reality, it is created reality, an illusion. We, as filmmakers, are not trying to make
THE REALITY (FACT) BEHIND THE Words Another way to understand
mysterious lines is to look for the fact or event that they refer to. This goes for lines
that you like as well as for lines that bother you. Lines that you like can be
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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