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The Film Director's Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques Paperback – 29 Aug 2003
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About the Author
Judith Weston, who lives in Los Angeles, has taught ""Acting for Directors"" for over a decade throughout the U.S. and Europe, and is the author of the best-selling book, Directing Actors.
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The bottom line she might use to describe her book is, trust the actor. Actors, she says, will draw on their life experiences to understand and to 'get into' a role. Directors often don't understand this, and tell an actor, 'do it again, but with more passion. 'What does this mean?' the actor may think. Let's say he's playing a father who is confronting a son who has been arrested for dealing drugs. How can he relate to this character? Perhaps his own father was angry, or supportive, or disappointed in him at some point. He can use this experience to understand and 'inhabit' the role. Then the director comes along and tells him, 'be angrier!' Weston would say, trust the actor. Give them insight to the character's personality and backstory that the script has inherent in it. Let the actor use these life experiences, and yes, intuition to craft a memorable role.
Strongly recommended for those who want to understand the actor, and make the best use of his or her talents, in service to a great and memorable performance.
As the subtitle suggests, her focus here is largely on script analysis and rehearsal. Of course that was a lot of her focus in the previous book, too, and she does cover many of the essentials of directing and acting here as well. I do think the book could have been half as long and been better--she tends to take ten words to say what could have been said in four. But what words! If you direct or act in film or television, there is no excuse for not owning this book. Nobody in print can "get you there" better than Judith Weston, and you are sure to gain usable ideas and genuine insights again and again as you read this. I have taught film and video acting for years, and only wish I'd had this book and her other one when I started! If you want fake, affected performances and constant conflict with your actors, no reading necessary. If you're looking for solid ways to work with actors to give life-changing performances, read this. Now.
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