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Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre

Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre
Your Price: $26.95 CDN
Author: Lenore DeKoven
Foreword by: Ang Lee
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 194
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0240806646
ISBN-13: 9780240806648

About the Book:

Changing Direction is a guide to directing actors based on the author's years of experience in the classroom aat UCLA, NYU, and Columbia, on-set, as well as her highly sought out workshops in New York and Los Angeles. Distilling difficult concepts and a complex task to their simplest form, Lenore DeKoven explains how to accurately capture and portray human behaviour. Endorsed by many in the industry, including director Ang Lee, this book combines underlying theory with suggested solutions and dozens of practical exercises that are immediately useful in workshop or class.

Relevant to directors and actors of TV, film, and theatre, Changing Direction will help you become a better a better more effective director or actor. Directors will find this book a helpful reference and valuable resource for information on constructing the through-line, analyzing the script, the actors' language, character needs, the casting and rehearsal processes, and the differences between film and theater procedures, as well as the actor and the camera. Actors will refer to it for acting tips and insight into the mind of the director.

Additionally, hear what the actors have to say in excerpts from interviews with acclaimed actors such as Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Glenn Close, Robert Redford, Christopher Walken, Julianne Moore, and Michael Douglas (to name a few) who discuss their work with directors, what inspires them, and what they really want from the director.

What people say:

"It is a difficult book to describe, but a fascinating one to read — essentially the author manages to explain how a director must capture and portray human behaviour." — Image Technology

"The essence of Lenore's distinctive methods, developed over many years, can be found in the pages of this excellent, clearly written book." — Ang Lee, Director, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

"Lenore DeKoven says in her introduction to her book, Changing Direction, that everyone wants to be in show business. Well I am, but I've never wanted to direct. After reading Lenore's book, I may reconsider my career choice." — Edward Asner, Actor/Producer

"I was one of the many people who over the years, asked Lenore to write her book, and finally she has. It's a thrill to read, as well as a reminder of her great gift — her deep understanding of drama, directing, actors, everyday life, and most importantly her wealth of experience and huge heart. I will draw from this every time I work." — Kimberly Peirce, writer/director of Boys Don't Cry, Stop-Loss, student of Lenore's

"Lenore DeKoven has written a great book for the director searching for practical advice on the techniques of directing actors. Her work as a teacher has already affected a generation of young filmmakers, including Kim Peirce (Boys Don't Cry). One would be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive and clear approach to working with actors." — Bette Gordon, Director and Acting Chair of Film Division, School of the Arts, Columbia University

"This book is much needed on the shelves for students and individuals interested in directing actors for film and theatre. Very few books offer this approach with such specific and practical steps laid out in detail, step by step." — Sheldon Schiffer, Georgia State University

About the Author:

Lenore DeKoven is an American director, producer and educator whose career includes theatre, film and television. A Professor at Columbia University's Graduate Film Division for twenty years, she has also taught on the faculties of UCLA's Theatre Department and NYU's Theatre and Film Divisions. In addition to her teaching and directing experience, she has produced plays in New York and Los Angeles and directed Another World for NBC-TV. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the League of Professional Theatre Women.