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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For instance , if the production designer decides to put all the female characters
in white ( as in “ Crimes of the Heart ” ) , then ... This physically roots her in the
character ' s reality ; then whatever thematic significance the production design is
( A good question to ask about any character . ) Sometimes I hear people say
about characters , “ She doesn ' t have much of a sense of humor , ” or “ He isn ' t
very smart . ” A character who is what society calls “ slow ” is not trying to be slow
, so ...
The basis for a character ' s through - line is his given circumstances , that is , his
facts or his situation . A simple reminder of the characters ' facts , or backstory ( “
You ' re seeing your ex - lover for the first time in ten years , and he is now ...
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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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