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A Screen Acting Workshop (with DVD) [Paperback]

Mel Churcher , Jeremy Irons (Foreword)
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15 Feb 2011
A comprehensive training course in screen acting by an internationally renowned teacher and acting coach who has worked with actors of all backgrounds and experience - from drama school students at the start of their careers to Hollywood stars, including Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley. Mel Churcher has developed a series of five workshops which take actors step by step through the process of creating, developing and delivering assured performances on screen. Accompanied by a unique 90-minute DVD showing all the work in action, this book builds on these workshops and lets you progress through them at your own pace: - Workshop 1: Keeping the Life encourages you to find what is unique about yourself and how you can preserve this vitality when acting on screen - Workshop 2: Inhabiting the Role focuses on the emotional and psychological steps required in preparing your performance - Workshop 3: The Physical Life introduces a series of practical exercises to develop the physicality and imagination of the actor - Workshop 4: Through the Eye of the Camera explains the technical skills you must master to act in front of a lens - Workshop 5: Off to Work We Go covers how to prepare for auditions and then how to handle specific challenges when you get the job Each exercise, technique and tip is vividly illustrated on the DVD by footage from the author's actual workshops. The result is a vital masterclass in every aspect of acting on screen.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; Pap/DVD edition (15 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848420552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848420557
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MEL CHURCHER was an actor and broadcaster for many years. Her work included leading roles at the Royal National Theatre, New Shakespeare Company and extensive film, radio and television work.

She is now best known as an international acting, dialogue, voice and presentation coach and runs workshops and gives lectures all over the world. She has been voice and text coach for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Open Theatre at Regents Park, Shakespeare's Globe, The Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange. Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Royal Court and has served on the Council of the British Voice Association.

Mel is also one of the top acting and dialogue coaches in movies. Her work as coach includes on: The Lady, The Door, Sherlock Holmes, The Last Station, Control, King Arthur, Danny the Dog/Unleashed, The Fifth Element, The Count of Monte Cristo and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Secret Garden & Madeline - working with actors such as Michelle Yeoh,Gerard Butler, Daniel Craig, Stephen Dillane, Paul Giamatti, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, Keira Knightley, Jet Li, Mads Mikkelson, Clive Owen, Sam Riley, Stellan Skarsgard, John Turturro, Jon Voight and Ray Winstone.

She has written numerous articles. Her book 'Acting for Film: Truth 24 Times a Second' is published by Virgin Books/Random House and is now a set book for major drama schools. It is available in printed and ebook form. Her second book 'A Screen Acting Workshop + DVD is published by Nick Hern Books.

(See more about Mel on www.melchurcher.com and on Imdb.com. Her blog is www.truth24timesasecond and she twitters @MelChurcher)

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When the whole business seems to have gone loopy, dip into Mel Churcher's book; somehow she always makes sense. --Bob Hoskins

One of those rare things, a book written for a specific purpose but which contains truth and facts which go far beyond what it says on the cover...The whole package is eminently approachable, direct, entertaining and perceptive; the DVD is smoothly edited, explicit and professional. The written text is substantial, with lots of extra information and exercises plainly laid out and easy to find... a joy' --Communicating Voice, British Voice Association

This book is not just exclusively for those who would be screen actors, but for all those, both teachers and actors, who wish to find 'truth' within the role they have been given. The plus is the DVD, which is a joy to watch and a 'gift' for all those teachers of drama. --Word Matters

About the Author

MEL CHURCHER runs film acting workshops at the Actors Centre in London and Manchester, has been involved in Screen Acting courses at LAMDA and Mountview College, and advised on the MA in Screen Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama. Mel coaches a wide range of professionals from top film stars to newcomers. Recent projects include working with leading actors on the films Sherlock Holmes, The Last Station, and Control, and the TV shows Echo Beach/Moving Wallpaper and The Old Curiosity Shop. She has written many articles and a previous book Acting for Film.

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By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE
You suddenly realise what absolute sense it makes for a book on Film Acting actually to show you what it means every step of the way. In fact, you wonder how any book on the subject could ever have done without visual illustrations of the points it's making.

Mel Churcher's new book, her second on film acting, does exactly that. It comes with a DVD that is nearly an hour and half long and includes dozens of very specific examples that vividly illustrate the arguments she makes in the book and the exercises she suggests to improve your film-acting craft. And these are not those slightly arch and artificial clips, filmed specially for the DVD - all these clips are taken from Mel's actual workshops that she runs regularly in the UK and abroad.

As for the book itself, it is exemplary in the thorough course it gives you in the art and the craft of film acting. It offers a proper five-day (or, at least, five section) workshop that concentrates all the experience she has gained on the sets of many major movies as well as the workshops she has run with actors.

Mel Churcher is one of the top acting, voice and dialogue coaches in the country and she's worked with some of the biggest names in the business. It's hardly surprising, then, that the insights this book gives you into special nature of acting for the camera - be it for movies or TV and which is so different from theatre acting - is second to none. Whether you think of yourself as a novice or an experienced screen actor, there is so much you'll learn from this book and DVD that will put you in good stead when you find yourself on set and which will help make your performance so much more assured and more memorable.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Jan 2014
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I love this book. It's full of great tips and advice for all actors in front of the camera.
The DVD is also helpful. I think this is a great book for any actor getting into work in TV or film.
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Essential reading if you're wanting to work in film and television. So much common sense and relevant information. Not just worth a read, but a must for the actor's toolbox.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 17 Aug 2014
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I really feel this book, and its associated internet linked workshops, will substantially enhance and give me more confidence when called upon to act for cameras.
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