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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(Four-camera television comedy — rehearsed for five days and then filmed or
taped in front of a live audience — is both a stage performance and a film
experience for an actor.) Stage actors (and four-camera comedy actors) must put
Kazan was seated on the moving camera dolly, completely emotionally involved
in the scene, mouthing the lines, moving his hands, mirroring the actors'
expressions in his face. Kazan's total immersion gave him the information he
needed to ...
9) Stand next to the camera. In order to see the tiny differences between a good
performance and a mediocre performance, you need to watch the actors, not from
the video monitor, but from next to the camera. Some directors can tell if the ...
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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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