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Book on Acting

Book on Acting
Your Price: $32.95 CDN
Author: Stephen Book
Publisher: Silman-James Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 550
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 1879505606
ISBN-13: 9781879505605

About the Book:

The ability to improvise a skilled performance while speaking scripted and memorized lines is of paramount importance to actors working in today's film and television productions, which often allow very little if any rehearsal time. Through his innovative Improvisation Technique, Stephen Book shows you how to create a spontaneous performance by applying improvisation to traditional script-acting for film, theatre, and television.

Book on Acting begins with immediate training in how-to-improvise. Book's fundamental principle of improvisation is "Acting is doing, and there is always more to do.” The actor learns what to do to keep himself in a spontaneous improvisational state.

This Improvisation Technique is then applied to exercises with scripted lines, developing sophisticated improvisation skills for enhancing character, emotions, conflict, and agreement, as well as improving the actor's audition process. Also included is a unique process for breaking down scripted scenes into improvisation choices.

Book on Acting contains film and television scenes in which Book-coached actors, used his Improvisation Technique to create their performances. These scenes, showing the actors' performance choices, demonstrate the use of Improvisation Technique in different genres of acting. Well known theatre and film scenes are included, as well as scenes from such TV shows as Melrose Place, Star Trek: Voyager, L.A. Law, Frasier, and The Practice. Thirteen of his present or former students either star in title roles or as cast regulars in the current prime-time television schedule at the time of publication.

Book's Improvisation Technique extends the work of Viola Spolin (author of Improvisation for the Theater). Book was Spolin's student, assistant, representative, and her partner in the Spolin Theater Game Center in Hollywood, where he served as executive director and principal teacher in the 1970s.

What people say:

"Stephen Book manages to articulate a technique that both allows the actor to be specific in silence and active and emotionally affective when speaking. He helps you tap into that endless well which is human." — Viola Davis

"Improvisation is essential to acting and Book is a terrific teacher." — William Hurt

"Coming as I did from stand-up comedy — and with a movie part in hand I was greatly in need of a teacher and a system which could bring out and begin to develop my natural skills in a short time. Stephen Book and his workshop were just such a combination. I continue working with him to my great benefit." — George Carlin

"Stephen Book's Improvisation Technique is creatively explosive! It has heightened my presence with new levels of freedom, authenticity and generosity. Right after completing Stephen's class I booked Buffy which led to Angel and films." — David Boreanaz

About the Author:

Stephen Book is an American acting coach, teacher, and director. He is a former long-time faculty member of The Juilliard School and the University of Southern California. He has also taught at Stanford, Brown, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the Esalen Institute and continues to teach and coach at his workshop in Hollywood. His students have won Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Grammy awards.

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