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" I think therefore I am." Shakespeare.
There are many, many books on acting. The last "important" book that I came across on the subject was Bill Esper's book on Sanford Meisner's acting technique (2008).
The Science Of On-Camera Acting is a thorough look at the techniques that many renowned Hollywood actors employ in their work. But, this book is so much more.
In here are examples of "good" acting and how said actors learned how to tap into that internal state to give the performance that such a role demands.
In my work as a fine artist for more than 30 years, I found myself saying as I read, "this is stuff I do to get myself in that place to create." And, I've heard it said it before that "the Process" of getting in that space is the same across artistic disciplines-- Ms. Morris breaks the process of divorcing one's self/ going beneath one's awareness to "feel" that other experiece.
And, she does so by examining how we (the actor/artist) feels at the moment. How does one be that person? How can I get out of this mental block and breakthrough? How do I gain the confidence to give a performance in front of an audience or at an audition? How can I use or tap into my anger, happiness, rage, fear to make it work for me and not against me?
This book is equal parts academic, physiological and emotional as well as practical. There's a lot of substance here that would appeal to many kinds of thinkers.
I am pleasantly surprised at the depth and the wealth of a broad range of material that was brought to bear for this thesis. It really is a pleasant and welcomed surprise.
One of the periperal benefits of a book like this is that you gain self-confidence to be someone important whether it's a character or the better, more confident you. "I think therefore I am."
This 175-page, softcover book's covers the following:
1. What The Camera Sees
-The Problems With Traditional Analytic Approaches
- Scientific Principles Applied to Acting
- The Camera: Your Teacher, Your Best Friend and Greatest Collaborator
2. Preparing For The Role
- Troubleshooting Naturalistic Acting
- Character and Comedy
- Emotional Throughliness
- Troubleshooting Comedy and Character
-Emotional-Intensity Set Points
3. Mechanics of Screen Acting
- Cultivating Photogenia
- Belief and Performance (Ritual)
- There are Only Three Possible Mistakes
If you're an artist, and specifically, an actor/actress, this is an informed book that you must own.