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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actors who try to play a mood can end up evoking exactly the opposite of what
the director was hoping for : efforts to “ look ” serious often produce an
unintentionally comical effect ; efforts to “ be ” light and frothy can prove heavy -
When actors enjoy their tears and hold on to emotion for the sake of its effect ,
showing us how much emotion they have , the acting becomes bad . Whenever
an actor feels something , he must harness that energy to a sense of task or ...
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 ...
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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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