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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Technique is not an end in itself . The purpose of technique is to prepare the
ground for inspiration . Everybody knows what to do when inspired ! That ' s true
by definition . But you can ' t decide to be inspired . And if you try to be inspired ,
Craft — or technique — is the way the actor marshals her concentration , and
finds the thing to concentrate on . Craft , of course , does not replace good
instincts . Craft does , however , replace superstition and mysticism . SO Good
OPPOSITES Surprise and juxtaposition are the heart and soul of comedy .
Playing an intention that is opposite to the apparent meaning of a line is a
common comic technique . COMIC ADJUSTMENTS If a character is carrying on
about losing ...
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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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