Actor in You Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting

ISBN-10: 0205781233
ISBN-13: 9780205781232
Edition: 5th 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $73.80
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

The Actor in You enhances the reader's appreciation of the art of acting by helping them realize that they already possess, in principle, the ability to play a role, to fulfill the sense of drama and to structure dramatic scenes, and the capacity to express emotion. Without losing its simplicity, directness, and enjoyable writing style, this revised and enlarged edition contains more material on the history of the modern actor, and greater emphasis on script analysis. Drawing exercises and examples from readers' everyday lives and from well-known films and television programs, Benedetti succeeds in deducing dramatic principles from those experiences and then applying them to the creation of stage role.

Notes on This Fifth Edition
Preface
About the Author
Preparing Yourself to Act
Understanding the Actor's Job
Engagement
Truthfulness
Skill
Dramatic Function
Discipline
Summary of Step 1
The Tradition of the Actor
The Twentieth Century
Getting into the Tradition
Summary of Step 2
Relaxing and Centering
Relaxation
Finding the Center
Summary of Step 3
Breathing, Sounding, and Moving From the Center
The Cycle of Energy
Relationship to Gravity
Phrasing Movement
Summary of Step 4
Collaboration
Leading and Following
Seeing and Hearing
Getting and Giving Notes
Summary of Step 5
Summary of part one
Discovering Action
Example Plays
Actions and Objectives
Stanislavski's View of Action
Public Solitude
Dual Consciousness
Indicating
Raising the Stakes
Summary of Step 6
Action, Emotion, and Character: the Magic If
Action and Emotion
Character and the Magic If
The Actor in You
Selecting Your Scene
Dramatic Function Revisited
Summary of Step 7
Defining Objectives and Actions
Defining Useful Objectives
Playable Strategic Actions
Subtext
Not Doing
Obstacles and Counteractions
Summary of Step 8
The Flow and Shape of Drama
Internal and External Action
The Shape of Drama
Crisis
Summary of Step 9
Exploring Scene Structure and the given Circumstances
Units of Action, or Beats
The Given Circumstances
Summary of Step 10
Summary of part two
Developing the Character
The Character's Traits and Needs
Function Traits
Recognition Traits
Needs and Personalization
Emotion Recall and Substitution
Summary of Step 11
Getting into the Character's Mind
Perception, Arousal, and Attitude
Automatic and Spontaneous Actions
Deliberation and Strategic Choice
The Inner Monologue
Summary of Step 12
Exploring the Character's Language
Word Choice
Rhythm
The Music of Speech
Summary of Step 13
Summary of part three
Final Rehearsals and Performance
Finding the Scenario, Score, Through-Line, and Superobjective
The Score and Pace
The Through-Line and Superobjective
Personalizing the Superobjective
Summary of Step 14
Staging
Types of Stages
Moving on Stage
Blocking
Shaping and Pacing
Summary of Step 15
Performing
Emotion in Performance
Spontaneity
Evaluating Your Work
Growth After Opening
An Actor's Sense of Purpose
Summary of Step 16
Summary of part four
A Sample Television Scene
Suggested Plays and Anthologies
Plays
Play and Scene Anthologies
Anthologies for Students of Color
Glossary of Theater and Film Terminology
Index

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