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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This is what I call a fully loaded emotional map , outlining all the feelings and
reactions you have decided the character is supposed to have in the scene .
Mapping the emotional terrain of a character is my own term for what is
At first glance , emotional maps look innocuous enough . You may be asking ...
Gossiping about characters - i . e . , mapping their emotional terrain , or
explaining their psychology — is likewise , at best , an uncreative waste of time .
The events must unfold emotionally and filmically so that they are at once
surprising and inevitable , and so that the ... the scene to be poignant or giving
them an emotional map will be subtly less exciting and less generative of good
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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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