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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State-of-mind verbs, such as to like, to resent, to fear, are not necessarily any
more helpful than adjectives. The helpful verbs I call “action verbs.” An action
verb is a transitive verb, a verb that takes an object, something you do to
Sort of like the stereotypical American who, when attempting to communicate with
someone who doesn't understand English, merely repeats himself in a louder
voice. The worst thing aboutline readings is that they are so often accompanied ...
A character may remind an actor of someone she knows. She can then adopt
physical and emotional behaviors of that person. Shelley Winters, for her role in
Stanley Kubrick's “Lolita,” had to play a woman she considered different from
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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