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Directing actors : creating memorable performances for film and television

Author: Judith Weston
Publisher: Studio City, CA : M. Wiese Productions, [1996] ©1996
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Weston, Judith, 1946-
Directing actors.
Studio City, CA : M. Wiese Productions, ©1996
(OCoLC)607811590
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Weston
ISBN: 0941188248 9780941188241 1615932003 9781615932009
OCLC Number: 34912740
Description: xiv, 314 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
I. Result Direction and Quick Fixes --
II. Moment By Moment --
III. Listening and Talking --
IV. Actors' Choices --
V. Structure: Transitions, Events and Through-Lines --
VI. Actors' Resources and Training --
VII. Script Analysis --
VIII. Casting --
IX. Rehearsal --
X. Shooting --
Epilogue --
App. A. Children and Nonprofessional Actors --
App. B. Comedy --
App. C. Short List Of Action Verbs ; Sample Simple Objectives ; More Action Verbs --
Filmography --
Bibliography --
Further acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Judith Weston.
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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. -- From Amazon.com.

"Directing Actors is a method for establishing creative, collaborative relationships with actors, getting the most out of rehearsals, troubleshooting poor performances, and giving briefer directions. Ms. Weston discusses what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong, script analysis, how actors work, and the director/actor relationship. This book is based on the author's twenty years of professional acting and eight years of teaching Acting for Directors."--

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