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From Stage to Screen: A Theatre Actor's Guide To Working On Camera Paperback – Large Print, 20 Nov 2014
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Drama school courses are traditionally focused on the stage although most have broadened out to include screen in recent years. Unsurprisingly some actors find the transition difficult but to keep afloat they need both genres. Bill Britten['s] useful new book...takes the actor through all the technical terms and techniques needed for screen acting, discusses the relationship with the camera as audience and sets out the realities of working on a film set. -- Susan Elkin * The Stage *
About the Author
Bill Britten is a senior lecturer in Screen Acting and Directing at the Drama Centre, London. He regularly runs classes for professional actors at the Actors Centre and coaches performers from other disciplines wanting to move into acting. He also works extensively internationally as a business communications coach.
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I say that as a complete outsider. My 'acting' has been confined to Scout gang shows and Masonic morality plays performed in sealed rooms to audiences with their trouser legs rolled up!
This book's great triumph is its accessibility. Britten takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the art and science of film acting ( or "living truthfully in imaginary situations"), using the kind of crystal clear language ANYONE can understand.
Though not an actor, I now watch filmed acting in a totally different way. I realise why films are shot out of sequence. I understand why actors need to watch their movements when filming a take. I'm reassured to know that self-developed techniques I use in preparing my masonic plays are recognised methodologies. I also now know I can ask someone to join me in a 'dirty single' - and not get my face slapped!
The total coverage of the subject this book provides tells me no actor could afford to be without it. There is also much in it that would be applicable in other professions too. I even saw resonances of my past life as a systems analyst in it.
As well as being immensely instructive, this book enthused me into investigating beginners acting courses. Mind, I need to learn how to 'dance like no one is watching' - not an easy task for an old codger like me. However, if I do become an actor and get a film role, I'll now know what to do. More than that, I will know how to do it professionally which, as this book constantly makes clear, is the best form of acting of all.
Well fear no more, help is at hand from film director and screen acting teacher Bill Britten who has written this handbook for any actor who needs to be in front of the film camera. Full of tools, tips, and tricks to get you completely prepared for working on a film set. This book will help you to survive and thrive as a film and television actor.
'From Stage to Screen' helps you to make the move from being a stage actor to becoming a screen actor .... and then some! The book is chock full of practical advice for actors at any stage in their career, it really is a must have for anyone working professionally or training as an actor. I've worked predominantly in TV and film for the past ten years and I found this book just as useful as someone new to the industry.
Author Bill Britten will get you camera ready with wit, wisdom and warmth.
As an actor myself, I will certainly be using this book when preparing for future roles. It is instructive as well as inspiring.