Reaffirmed what I've been learning over the past year or so in my various acting for TV classes, and gave me further insight into camera world. A really good starting point for anyone on the cusp of exploring acting for camera, full of advice to help you keep a cool head and prevent you from doing dumb things that will get you a bad rep on set. Buy it. And buy Mel Churcher's book too. It's also good.
This fantastic book deserves to be regarded as the definitive work on the subject.
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.
Dirty Singles, hitting your sausage, reverses, playing the doughnut, making love to the camera - The world of the film set for an actor can be a really alien, scary and intimidating place - especially if you are a newbie actor who has only really worked on stage before.
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.
This book gives a brilliant insight into the technical challenges of an actor in film and television and the many processes that we often don't realise take place in order to give a fantastic performance. It is an interesting and enjoyable read for actors looking to improve their screen technique but also for anyone who loves cinema and television and is interested in learning more about acting. As an actor myself, I will certainly be using this book when preparing for future roles. It is instructive as well as inspiring.
From Stage to Screen is a clever and remarkable little yellow book everyone should read and re-read. Although I was trained as director at Drama Centre thus not completely new to this subject, I found refreshing and inspiring the way Bill explains the different techniques and scenarios. I can't believe how complete this guide is. Future or current actors and film directors will take great advantage from this read and I am sure they won't be the only ones. From film lovers to professionals, I feel everyone should experiment some of these techniques in everyday life, you may end up with an award. Are you ready?
This has been a very insightful book and such a delight to read. It elaborates on the technical challenges and processes that actors face on set. For me it serves as a guide on how to face these challenges whilst delivering a believable performance on camera. I would highly recommend this book to actors looking to improve or are interested in learning more about acting.
Fabulous book - just wish it was longer. Everything about it is just so well thought out - the font, the lay-out, the technical jargon and exercises,... Bill breaks it all down to make it seem simple, just like great acting! Highly recommend this for any actor wishing to improve their craft,