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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The exercise must be carefully supervised, to make sure the participants are
speaking out of true impulse, not because they think it is time for them to come up
with something, or because they feel a need to entertain those who are watching
Some directors can tell if the actors are listening without watching or without even
hearing well: Akira Kurosawa has been nearly blind for some years; William
Wyler lost most of his hearing during his World War II military service. It's the ...
The comedic actor must not be watching himself, or paying attention to the effect
he is having on the audience. Watching to make sure the right effect is created is
the director's job. The comedic director must be a safety net for the actors, able to
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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