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Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television Paperback – July, 1999
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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.
The focus on creating memorable performances for film and television provides explicit acting advice and examples rather than the usual generalities. From the initial reading of a script to casting and rehearsing techniques and developing or understanding relationships between actors and directors, this is packed with practical considerations. -- Midwest Book Review
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If you are involved with film or television production, you MUST read this book.
I have been studying acting and directing for over two years now and this book is such a solid, thorough explanation of how actors work and how best to communicate with them as a director. Chapter by chapter I can recall how we touched on this or that in class or in my other studies and it has amounted to quite an impressive collection of technique, advice, anecdotes and examples, indeed.
There is virtually no filler. Any examples given serve the case-in-point directly. Some pitfalls are addressed in most areas and explanations are given as to why they occur and why and how they are best avoided. Writers can even benefit from this book by understanding how theirs scripts are broken down, analyzed, and delivered and how a stumble in acting may truly fall back on the words on the page.
This book will equip you with a knowledge of most ubiquitous technique and terminology such that you can fashion your own approach to each new role as either an actor or as a director who will help your actors deliver the best they can.
Five Stars, hands-down.
I am seriously considering purchasing a backup copy, this book is THAT GOOD.
Recommended. But try her other book as well.
If you are serious about growing as a director and mastering important techniques, this book is a must have.
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