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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This is achieved by having a through-line. The through-line is what makes a
performance simple and unfussy. ... sub-events leading up to and resulting from
the central event, that is, the events of each beat; and the characters' through-
And it will be more believable than if it is made by dragging us through an
actorish "process. ... If you can't come up with some specific playable direction,
such as a through-line, playable event, image, verb or physical activity, then the
The basis for a character's through-line is his given circumstances, that is, his
facts or his situation. A simple reminder of the characters' facts, or backstory (“You
're seeing your ex-lover for the first time in ten years, and he is now married with ...
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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