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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Travolta's quote earlier suggests that a lot of directors are in the dark as to the
importance of moment-by-moment work and as to what it even looks like. It would
be ludicrous to suggest that this can be taught in a book. But I want to open your ...
Physical activity If an actor is not getting the emotional event or transition
interiorly, the director can suggest it with exterior means. Standing up from a chair
, putting down a newspaper, even turning her head away can, if the writing is
This could mean that she is getting what she wants and has no need to change
what she is doing to get it; or it could suggest a rigidity to the character's
personality. Often the verb changes when the “beat” changes. If you have in your
mind a ...
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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