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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PHYSICAL TASKS The thrust of all these alternatives to result direction has been
to look for ways to ask the actor to do ... When the actor or actors are
concentrating on a physical problem or task, their concentration can give the
scene a sense ...
attention on, the words were freed from the actor's preconceived notion, and the
scene played simply and naturally. At this point I ought to talk about verbs again.
Verbs are an emotional and imaginative extension of physical tasks. The more ...
But if you are deeply involved in some task of your own, say fixing a clock, and if
the task fascinates and energizes you, and if you unselfconsciously allow the
child to watch and partake of your fascination and energy, the child will soon
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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