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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Each character has one overall spine throughout the whole movie. In each scene
, although the action verb may change frequently, each character has one
objective. In life our needs don't turn on and off haphazardly. We don't
necessarily stop ...
The spine is who a person is. It may even be partly genetic. 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 ...
The choice of a spine must be supported by the script, but it is a secret choice.
Sydney Pollack compares the spine of the movie to the armature of a sculpture; it
keeps the thing together, but no one sees it. If what an actor is doing works, what
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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