Action! Acting for Film and Television

ISBN-10: 0205319807
ISBN-13: 9780205319800
Edition: 2001
List price: $31.80
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Description: By the late eighties, the retrenchment of the American repertory theatre movement had greatly reduced the opportunities for stage actors in America. At the same time, the expansion of television and film production drew more and more actors away  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.80
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 153
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

By the late eighties, the retrenchment of the American repertory theatre movement had greatly reduced the opportunities for stage actors in America. At the same time, the expansion of television and film production drew more and more actors away from the stage. One by one, most of the wonderful repertory theatre actors came to Los Angeles to try their luck. Most of them, being seasoned and versatile after years in repertory, managed to muddle through the adjustment from stage to camera on their own, and are having successful careers. Our schools cannot go on pretending that film and television are not the major employers of actors in this country; a glance at the union membership numbers proves it. There is a real need for systematic, no-nonsense training for the camera wherever actors are trained in this country. This book was written to help address that need. It uses the same approach the author has employed over the eight editions of The Actor at Work: to define underlying principles, present them in a logically sequential program of development, and provide experiential exercises that help the student to discover and internalize them for herself or himself. This book will help any actor tailor their skills for film and television.

Figures
Exercises
Preface
About the Author
Working with the Camera
Introduction: Getting Started
A Scene of Your Own
Your Own Camera System
Training for the Camera
Acting on Stage and on Camera
The Film Actor's Consciousness
Summary
How a Film Is Organized
Prep
Rehearsal
Handling Your Lines
Summary
How a Single-Camera Film Is Made
Shooting
Post-Production: Looping
Summary
Shot Size
Distance and Relationship
Shot Size and the Actor
Summary
Teamwork
Blocking for the Camera
Group Shots
Eye-Lines
Overlapping
Summary
Continuity
Matching Levels of Intensity
Matching Rhythm and Tempo
Matching Business and Props
Matching Take to Take
Cheating
Summary
Working with Multiple Cameras
Film versus Video
Acting for Multiple Cameras
Sitcoms
Soap Operas
Summary
Preparing Yourself and Your Role
The Inner Discipline of Camera Acting
Transformation and "the Magic If"
Action and Public Solitude
Justification
Indicating
Transformation and the Camera
Summary
Inner Action
Seeing and Listening
Attitude
Choice
Summary
Actions and Objectives
Defining Productive Objectives
Defining Playable Actions
Spontaneity
The Inner Monologue
Summary
The Four Types of Outer Action
Automatic Actions
Direct and Indirect Action: Subtext
Doing Nothing
Summary
Dramatic Structure
The Shape of Drama
Story Architecture
Scene Structure
The Superobjective
Summary
Emotion
Working from the Outside In
Working from the Inside Out
Emotion Memory and Substitution
Summary
Starting a Career in Film and Television
Getting Started
Getting an Agent
Joining a Union
The Casting Process
Commercials, Industrials, and Looping
Auditions
Summary
Afterword: The Ethics of Film Acting
Sample Scenes
From Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
From Miss Evers' Boys by Walter Bernstein
From Cheers by Tom Reedes
Useful Scene Sources
Screenplays
Plays
Useful Collections
Glossary of Film and Television Terms
Index

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