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Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television
Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television
by Judith Weston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.18

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An original but strange view on directing actors and treating a script, 17 Feb. 2012
While being a well-written and thorough representation of _A_ method, Weston's concept has two big problems:

Problem 1: Treatment of the Script

Although the director should have the final say on how a script is treated and sculpted into a film, Weston's approach is very likely to throw away a lot of what the scriptwriter had in mind; i.e. the outcome probably has little to do with the original idea.

Problem 2: Treatment of Actors

Moreover, Weston's methods do not utilize the skills and craft of an educated and experienced actor. Weston's gimmicks are possibly helpful when directing kids, amateurs, and extras, but treating an actor like a child who doesn't understand (and, according to W's view, doesn't have to understand !!) the film, the scene, or the character in total, is foolish and, at the same time, arrogant and disrespectful towards actors and their craft.

In sum: Using Weston's methods will result in a film that is not as good as it could have been, if one had used a different approach on directing.

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