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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You could also call this an imaginative subtext. SUBTEXT Subtext is the thing that
is not being said. If the line is, "Please shut the door," there can be several
different subtexts to it: "Please shut the door (you stupid ass)." "Please shut the
The line itself would be the same each time, but it would come out in different
ways depending on the subtext. In a sense the different subtexts give it different
line readings. Subtext is what the person is really saying, what she means.
As if they are married. There are many more. 7. SUBTEXT What if in rehearsal the
actor playing Stephen becomes so sarcastic and mean that the scene gets heavy
-handed, losing its connection and humor, with no obstacle, nothing at stake?
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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