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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It's hard for a director who has never acted to understand its magnitude. You are
the protector; only you can say whether the work is good enough. You must make
sure the work is good and that the actor looks good, and so you have to know ...
"It took me years to understand fully why [my teacher] was right, and...never to
plan how I would say a line, only to think of the situation, and listen to the other
actors... What is hard, and really has to be worked at, is being able to go with ...
The most important thing to understand about choosing an objective is not to get
stuck making us believe the truth of the words spoken. If I say, "I really want you to
understand this," my intention is probably not to have you believe that I want ...
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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