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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This is the reason why many actors seem to play every role the same. 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
2) It causes the actor to bring the role down to himself instead of bring himself up
to the role. In other words, the actor makes every role be about his own miserable
childhood instead of about the circumstances of the script. 3) In Strasberg ...
If you don't recast, you need to proceed as if the actor is the best person for the
role, you need to communicate to him that what you want for this role is whatever
he can honestly bring to it, and you need to support him in exploring the script, ...
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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