- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (August 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1138233676
- ISBN-13: 978-1138233676
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera: A Practical Approach to Film, Television, and Commercial Acting 1st Edition
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"Swain’s The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera is a welcome addition to the study of on-camera work! It covers the nuts and bolts of a very important and sometimes ignored medium in the actor's training. Swain provides a touchstone for any actor wanting to learn and know more about working on-camera. A great addition to my library in teaching the actor for today's world."
―James Calleri, Casting Director, Head of Graduate Acting, Columbia University
"John Howard Swain not only knows how to do it, he knows how to teach it...and that is exactly what he does in his wonderful new acting manual! He clarifies, encourages, and enlightens. A must-read for anyone who wants to be a better actor!"
―Mary Lou Belli, Two-time Emmy award-winning director, NCIS: New Orleans, Hart of Dixie, Pitch, Monk, The Game, Co-author of Directors Tell the Story
"John Swain’s The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera is a readable, practical, and immensely enjoyable guide to the study of acting on film. I have made my living as an actor for over forty years and still found new things to learn from his book. There are many books out there attempting to explicate the study of acting. Most only reduce it to results and pronouncements. Swain keeps it right-sized, upbeat, positive, and doable."
―Ivar Brogger, Department of Theatre, Chapman University
"I have had the good fortune to work with John as both a teacher and a director and have also had the pleasure of watching him work as an actor. The unique thing about his approach to the work is that he can see it from all sides. He is able to take what he knows and assist the actor so that his performance is not only clearer but also more powerful. It is truly the marriage of science and art that makes acting seem effortless. How lucky for actors that John has written this book to share his thoughts!"
―Summer Crockett Moore, Producer, Junction, Block Island, Lost Cat Corona, Wholly Broken, Above All Things, After the Sun Fell, Heather. Raising
About the Author
John Howard Swain has coached a myriad of clients ranging from first-time performers to Emmy Award-winning actors, Supreme Court Justices, and Fortune 500 executives. In addition to his New York stage credits he has also guest-starred in dozens of television’s most iconic shows, including such classics as Hill Street Blues to Law & Order: SVU. As a director he has staged over twenty plays, including such hits as That Championship Season, Veronica’s Room, and The Owl and the Pussycat. He has also directed four films: Whose Life, Uncommon, Stand-by, and the multi-award winning short, A Younger Man. Students from his program continue to work across the globe, and can be seen starring on Broadway, in television, and on film.
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Mr. Swain’s conceptualization of opposites, relationships, sense memory, emotions/discoveries, place, and many other aspects of acting are useful for both those now contemplating an acting career and for those who are looking for ways to hone their established craft.
While acting is most certainly an art form, successful acting often requires a practical aspect--an understanding of what is going on behind the camera, behind the production, and even behind those financing the production. This book also provides that practical aspect.
Mr. Swain’s book is somewhat unique in trying to integrate the art of acting together with the practical (or ‘science’) aspects of acting into one very readable book.
And, don’t miss his discussion of acting for commercials as well as his very important discussion of self-taping. These alone are worth buying the book.
Finally, I have known of Mr. Swain and his acting classes since his days at Full Circle Productions in San Francisco. This book encapsulates much of the extraordinary and unique teaching that he did there. It is not to be missed.
I have dozens of acting books on my shelves... this is the only one I ever pick up when it comes time to work.
In his book, John covers all you need to know to develop three-dimensional characters that are grounded in emotional truth. He gives you ways to really be “in the moment” with consistency, and with exercises to flesh out any character and enhance any scene. It’s written in a conversational style that gets the points across easily and effectively. Geared (as the title suggests) toward film and TV acting, where you generally don’t have the luxury of rehearsal, THE SCIENCE AND ART OF ACTING FOR THE CAMERA gives you all the tools you need to come to set fully prepared. I highly recommend!
This is a must read for every actor or anyone considering going into the business.