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Directing Actors

Directing Actors
Your Price: $39.95 CDN
Author: Judith Weston
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 314
Pub. Date: 1996
ISBN-10: 0941188248
ISBN-13: 9780941188241
About the Book:

Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television....

Directing Actors by Judith Weston focuses solely on working with actors and getting them to deliver memorable performances. The most crucial relationship on a movie set is between the director responsible for the telling of a story and the actors entrusted with bringing that story's characters to life. Good communication between actor and director can mean the difference between a great film and a missed opportunity.

Directing Actors is a method for establishing creative, collaborative relationships between actors and directors that takes the reader on a journey through the complexities of the creative process itself. Using simple, practical tools that both directors and actors can use immediately, Judith Weston shows you how to get the most out of rehearsals, troubleshoot poor performances and give directions that are clear, succinct and easy to follow.

What people say:

"A must read for any director working with actors. Directing Actors is filled with constructive information that would serve not only the neophyte but also the skilled professional director." — DGA Magazine

"Directing my first movie would have been impossible without Judith's book, Directing Actors. Her insights taught me how to audition actors, how to cast intelligently, how to rehearse. When production began, I cribbed a set of Weston reminders on to a 3-by-5 index card, and kept it in my shirt pocket every single day of shooting. She saved me." — Billy Ray, Writer-Director: Shattered Glass, Breach; Writer: Flightplan, Volcano, Hart's War, Suspect Zero

"I bought a copy of Directing Actors about ten years ago, right before I directed 'Ghost World.' Looking back through it today, the thing that struck me, is how dog-eared and tattered it is, which speaks volumes about just how much I referred to it. It's a terrific book — concise, insightful, and practical — and has helped me enormously. Thanks Judith!" — Terry Zwigoof, Writer-Director: Crumb, Ghost World, Bad Santa

"Judith Weston's book Directing Actors was by my bedside all during the making of 'An American Rhapsody.' It helped me prepare for the scenes to come, to better understand and communicate with my cast and gave me tools as to how to deal with problems." — Eva Gardos, Director: An American Rhapsody

"Directing Actors is a terrific book informative, exciting, even inspirational." — Joe Ruben, Director: Return to Paradise, Money Train, Sleeping With the Enemy

"This is everything a director should know about working with actors." — Steven Charles Jaffe, Executive Producer: Ghost, Producer: Star Trek VI, Strange Days

"I think that if Judith's book were mandatory reading for all directors, the quality of the director-actor process would be transformed, and better drama would result." — John Patterson, Director: The Sopranos, Law And Order, Hill Street Blues

About the Author:

Judith Weston, who lives in Los Angeles, has taught Acting for Directors for over a decade throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

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