Internationally-renowned directing coach Weston demonstrates what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong, script analysis and preparation, how actors work, and shares insights into the director/actor relationship
Directing Actors: Judith Weston
Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre:Foreword by Ang Lee Lenore DeKoven
Directing Feature Films:The Creative Collaborarion Between Director, Writers, and Actors Mark Travis
Practical Stage Directing for Amateurs:A Handbook for Amateur Managers and Actors (Classic Reprint) Emerson Taylor
Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique:A Workbook with Video for Directors, Teachers and Actors Mark Monday
This book will show you how to go from your unrealized dream to being a director. We´ll start off by showing you how to do all the planning that will help this film project go off without a hitch and avoid some of the more common pitfalls that commonly plague first-time directors. Next, you´ll get a look at the production itself, from how to keep your crew happy and productive to directing actors into giving the performance you´ve imagined. Lastly, your vision will truly come alive in the post-production process. This book will give you hints and tips for making the most of the footage you have. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Benjamin Myers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028382/bk_acx0_028382_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James Sheldon was directing the radio show We, The People when it became the first commercial CBS network program to telecast nationally on June 1, 1948. Since then he has experienced the technological changes from live to electronic tape to film, from black and white to color, and from a few hundred thousand to the multimillions of television sets in use today. His early live credits include dramatic series like Robert Montgomery Presents and Studio One, comedies like Mister Peepers and musicals like Don Ameche´s Holiday Hotel. He was part of the move from New York to Los Angeles as television production shifted west in the mid 50´s. Credits during that period: The Johnny Carson Show, West Point Story, Harbor Command, and Dick Powell´s Zane Grey Theater. In the ´60s, he directed many episodes of 87th Precinct, Naked City, Route 66, The Millionaire, My Three Sons, The Twilight Zone, Walt Disney´s Wonderful World of Color, and Gunsmoke. In the ´70s, M*A*S*H, The Virginian, Sanford & Son, Rock Hudson´s McMillan & Wife and Raymond Burr´s Ironside. In the ‘80s, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Cagney & Lacey, and The Equalizer. Included in the list of the many actors whose careers he helped start are James Dean, Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Carroll O´Connor, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Lee Remick, Tony Randall, and Tyne Daly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Sheldon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bear/000012/bk_bear_000012_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Badham´s list of ´´12 Questions You Must Ask Before Stepping on Set´´ is an absolute must in any filmmaker’s toolbox. Whether actor, director, cinematographer, production designer, or any other creative, Badham gives you the tools to deconstruct and solve scenes that either don’t work or need sharpening. Continuing the work begun in his best-selling book I´ll Be in My Trailer, Badham shares more insights into working with difficult actors, rehearsal techniques, and getting the best performance from your cast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Badham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013895/bk_adbl_013895_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the first full biography of actor Sidney Poitier, Aram Goudsouzian analyzes the life and career of a Hollywood legend, from his childhood in the Bahamas to his 2002 Oscar for lifetime achievement. Poitier is a gifted actor, a great American success story, an intriguing personality, and a political symbol; his life and career illuminate America´s racial history. In such films as Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who´s Coming to Dinner, Poitier´s middle-class, mannered, virtuous screen persona contradicted prevailing film stereotypes of blacks as half-wits, comic servants, or oversexed threats. His screen image and public support of nonviolent integration assuaged the fears of a broad political center, and by 1968, Poitier was voted America´s favorite movie star. Through careful readings of every Poitier film, Goudsouzian shows that Poitier´s characters often made sacrifices for the good of whites and rarely displayed sexuality. As the only black leading man during the civil rights era, Poitier chose roles and public positions that negotiated the struggle for dignity. By 1970, times had changed and Poitier was the target of a backlash from film critics and black radicals, as the new heroes of ´´blaxploitation´´ movies reversed the Poitier model.In the 1970s, Poitier shifted his considerable talents toward directing, starring in, and producing popular movies that employed many African Americans, both on and off screen. After a long hiatus, he returned to starring roles in the late 1980s. More recently, the film industry has reappraised his career, and Poitier has received numerous honors recognizing his multi-faceted work for black equality in Hollywood. As this biography affirms, Poitier remains one of American popular culture´s foremost symbols of the possibilities for and limits of racial equality. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. D. Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008041/bk_adbl_008041_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.