- File Size: 846 KB
- Print Length: 45 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BlueSwanFilms (July 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EP0941C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
John Swanbeck’s How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead Kindle Edition
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The truth is important today for screenwriters. And that's the perspective I bring to this review of "John Swanbeck's: How to Steal the Scene & End up Playing The Lead." Yes, that's the author's name above the main title. But before you label Swanbeck arrogant, know this: he has walked the walk. Most notably, he directed Kevin Spacy and Danny DeVito in the highly rated The Big Kahuna. (Roger Ebert gave it 3.5 stars.)
From page one of this remarkable book, I felt that I was in the presence of an expert who really understands where actors go wrong and what they can do to find their way forward.
Swanbeck's book assumes familiarity with acting, particularly with auditioning. Because a small amount of the wording is technical, as a non-actor, occasionally I felt that I was on the outside looking in. But thanks to the author's use of amusing anecdotes, concrete analyses of problems, and specific advice, his ideas are accessible to anyone. The non-actor or new actor may need to read some of the material twice. But that's not a problem because the book is written in a concise style that invites a second reading. (Think of Strunk & White's "Elements of Style.")
Speaking of conciseness, the book is short. It consists of 25 "chapters," each only a few hundred words. You get an introductory story--one that shows an actor going down in flames; then a description of the problem; and finally a three-step solution.
If you value books by the pound, at $14.99 this one might seem pricy. But if you judge a work by the insights it delivers--and if you like books that avoid padding--you likely will conclude that this book gives you your money's worth. (Hint: Before purchasing the book, I downloaded the sample pages. They were enough to persuade me to fork over the money.)
I am recommending this book to my screenwriting colleagues, but also to friends who love to watch movies and want to know more about what makes a great film great.
Also would be good to proofread before publishing. I will re-read.
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