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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Not all verbs are helpful in this context . State - of - mind verbs , such as to like , to
resent , to fear , are not necessarily any more helpful than adjectives . The helpful
verbs I call “ action verbs . ” An action verb is a transitive verb , a verb that ...
To convince , to beg , to complain , to punish , to tease , to soothe — all are
possible action verbs for this situation . ... Now you might say that the right verb is
not on that list ; you might find yourself inclined to say that the appropriate verb ...
Use a verb instead of an emotion . Although we can ' t decide how to feel , we can
decide what to do . This makes the verb , something that we are doing , a
playable choice and a playable direction . The action verbs describe an
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Review: Directing ActorsUser Review - Sam - Goodreads
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
Review: Directing ActorsUser Review - Mike - Goodreads
An excellent resource for directing actors. Two thumbs up. Recommended in USC SCA Grad school. Check it out. Ms. Weston love trying to stretch your mind. If you get annoyed by it, just start skimming through and you'll still get a lot out of it. Read full review
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