Directing actors is the hardest thing faced by both beginning and experienced directors.
Filmmaking hardware like cameras, lenses, and editing machines do what they are told. Actors have minds of their own, often making directors’ lives miserable.
Here is an inspired and insightful must-read for directors at all levels of their craft, based on the extensive experiences of veteran Director John Badham, along with no-holds-barred, out-of-school tales from such celebrated directors and actors as Sydney Pollock, Michael Mann, John Frankenheimer, Mel Gibson, James Woods, Jenna Elfman, and many more.
Beneath the entertaining and instructive war stories lies the truth: how directors elicit the best performances from difficult and terrified actors. You’ll learn how to use proven techniques to help actors give their best performances, including the ten best and ten worst things to say and what you can do when an actor won’t or can’t do what the director wants. It’s all here, put into print by a renowned director with stories to tell and lessons to impart.