Directing Actors – 25th Anniversary Edition: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television

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Directing Actors

Collaborating with actors is, for many filmmakers, the last frontier―the scariest part and the part they long for―the human part, the place where connection happens.

Directing Actors: 25th Anniversary Edition covers the challenges of the actor-director relationship―the pitfalls of “result direction”; breaking down a script; how to prepare for casting sessions; when, how and whether to rehearse―but with updated references, expanded ideas, more detailed chapters on rehearsal and script analysis (using a scene from The Matrix)―and a whole new chapter on directing children.

For twenty-five years the industry standard for instilling confidence in filmmakers, Directing Actors perseveres in its mission―to bring directors, actors and writers deeper into the exhilarating task of creating characters the world will not forget.




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Meet The Author

Judith Weston has written two books (Directing Actors, and The Film Director’s Intuition) for directors, actors, screenwriters—as well as others who may have wondered whether the techniques of actors and filmmakers might be useful in their everyday business and personal lives.

Born in Maine, Judith grew up in New England, and by an early age was drafting brother, cousins, and neighborhood children into living room and back-yard theatrical productions. She dropped out of college in the ’60s, and moved to New York City’s East Village, working in a bank by day, and (off-hours) organizing “guerrilla theater” events such as the 1968 picketing of the Miss America Contest. When she moved to Berkeley, California in 1970, she started studying acting for real.