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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Another kind of soft objective is, in a boy-meets-girl scene, deciding that the boy "
wants her to talk to him." Unless the actor playing the girl forgets her lines, she's
already going to talk to him! An objective that would be more likely to work might
Why does he talk? He must be talking to someone. He could be talking to himself,
in which case he imagines himself as a separate person to talk to. He could be
talking to objects (the books). He could be talking to an imaginary person, ...
Here's a rule of thumb: Don't ever talk for more than five minutes before having
the actors do something. What about warm-up exercises? Sometimes they help,
sometimes not. According to Emma Thompson's published diary, Ang Lee had
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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