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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I feel it is important for you to cast actors who have ideas and are willing to take
risks ; that is why I feel strongly that you should hear what the actors have brought
in before giving any direction . And then , even if you hate what he did the first ...
I like to use improv in casting to note the actor ' s freedom and access to
subconscious resources . There is a Screen Actors Guild rule now that casting
improvs may not be video taped . If you have any questions about this , you
should contact ...
... his hairdresser — or whatever . Sometimes once one star is attached to the
project you can ask him to read with other actors in line for other roles . This is a
good idea if it can be worked out because , after all , you are casting relationships
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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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