The Craft of Film Acting
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The Craft of Film Acting. color. 109 min. Public performance rights included. Library Journal August 20, 2010 You don’t know how they do it, but you know it when you see it. Great film acting takes talent, but it also needs practical skills. Professional actor McNamara walks us through 13 “scenes” in lecture format, covering everything from the audition and the callback to matching shots, finding your mark, shooting the master and coverage, recording sound, and translating director-speak. His emphasis is on the craft, not on the art, and he uses entertaining anecdotes and examples (some of them clips from his movies) to make his points. Students will be armed with the real-life, useful knowledge needed to handle the demanding days and last-minute calls in this competitive field. You’ll never watch movies the same way again.—Ellen Druda, Half Hollow Hills Community Lib., Dix Hills, NY
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I found the information to be clear and specific. I guess in many ways I was looking for "that one special trick", or idea that would make it all make sense. I have read many books on acting by; Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Eric Morris, Sanford Meisner, Michael Caine, Stanislavski, and a great deal more. In addition to multitudinous other forms of research and indirect learning I have gained from my time as a technician and my time directing. The bottom line is, there is no special trick. I think Meisner said it best (and I'll have to paraphrase, but) "Becoming a great actor takes 20 years". This being said, the biggest thing I have taken away from this DVD class is that "I am enough". Too long have I lived a neurotic existence, second guessing every single, arbitrary, thing I do.
So the next decade of my life will be spent practicing, using this simple but brilliant mantra as a means of perpetuating self-empowerment.
Well worth the price of admission.
basic skills of acting in a class room format with examples and situations.
I would recommend this to anybody starting out in acting. A person really needs to
take notes on this video as there is a lot of information covered. I will need to
watch it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Plus, the teacher really cares about the craft.
After receiving the DVD, I later received a followup letter with an email address
if I had any questions or concerns.
I feel it is an invaluable asset to anyone who is, or is aspiring to be a film actor. It's obvious Mr. McNamara has mastered his craft. And he teaches in a simple and concise manner--where anyone of any skill level can understand.
If you have any interest in film acting, you will do yourself a Great DISSERVICE if you pass up on this Opportunity-- to learn from Mr. McNamara on this DVD.
I highly recommend it.