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Sense of Direction: Some Observations on the Art of Directing Paperback – October 9, 2003
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Bill Ball gives a step by step process from beginning to end on the art of directing. From blocking, objectives, subtext, and helping the actor to create the inner life of their character to fittings, production meetings, and working with designers, the information you will find in this book is invaluable! No longer do you have technical rehearsals that are disasters. By introducing all sound cues, including music, early on in the rehearsal process, the "Kinks" are worked out at a very early stage. Tech rehearsals then become run throughs--building upon what was done in rehearsals and providing the actors with a non-stop run through, which is so vital for the actors in order to maintain the sense of the through-line of their character.
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He was a professional director and the book covers every contingency from "first reading to opening night." Some of Ball's advice is not going to help you if you are an amateur. He gives the advice that actors, like cattle, can't hold too many ideas in their heads at one time so he urges the director to come up with a shorthand of small verbs or nouns with which the actor might make himself aware at all times. "Seduce," for example, might be his direction to the actor playing Cleopatra. Sounds elementary, but it works! After all, he was the man who boasted that he discovered Annette Bening.
He notes that often, for the first ten minutes of a play, the audience finds itself uncomfortable, with a marked realization of the artificiality of theater. They are sitting in a dark room and watching a bunch of people all lit up pretending to be real. As directors our job is to make those first ten minutes fly by so that the dream can swamp the audience and take them along with us on our journey.Read more ›
The only real issue I have with this book is Ball's writing style. The first few chapters of the book are dense and can be tough to get through. Even in latter chapters, Ball uses many more words than necessary to make his point. This significantly detracts from the reading experience.
That aside, this is still a good book with a lot of valuable insight that can be a great read for all directors and actors.
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I purchased this book as a filmmaker. It is really exceptional and worth reading for anyone interested in theater or filmmaking.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
An insightful book of practical and theoretical/philosophical nature from a highly-experienced Broadway Director who knows the ins and out and true nature of Directing professional... Read morePublished 8 months ago by cliffordo
Purchased for recent College graduate daughter-aspiring playwright.Published 10 months ago by Wildcat Wilma
We used this book for directing class and the information is alright but it just goes on and on Ball repeats the same thing a billion time per chapter. Read morePublished 17 months ago by lemonynikkit
Bell lays down his teaching style and philosophy in a clearly understandable manner.
His directing method is one in which the director provides an environment of respect... Read more
A classic for directors is why I bought it. .Probes in depth parts of the function and reasoning behind what a director should od, & why.Published on October 3, 2013 by S. Katz