Art of Film Acting A Guide for Actors and Directors

ISBN-10: 0240805070

ISBN-13: 9780240805078

Edition: 2002

Authors: Jeremiah Comey
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Description: A guide for actors and directors, this text develops a method for training performers to act from their core. It teaches how to achieve and respond to believable and honest emotions before the camera.

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 5/31/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
The Exercise
Transcript of two actors doing a scene in class. Jeremiah interacts with them and guides them through the scene using the Five Arts
Summary
Actor Practice
Stage versus Film Acting
Preparing for a Role
The Demands of Performance
One Good Performance
Projecting
Film and Theater Close-Ups
Emotions and Feelings
Subtext
Camera and Proscenium Arch
Personality and Character
Dialogue
Monologues
Film Experience versus Stage Experience
Reacting
Summary
Actor Practice
Becoming a Great Actor
The Actor's Responsibility
Casablanca
Acting Is Being and Awareness
The Five Arts of Film Acting
The Power of Relating
Acting "On the Nose"
Listen to the Other Actor
Acting Is a Profession
Summary
Actor Practice
Sight Reading
How Sight Reading Works
How to Sight Read
Importance of Sight Reading
Second-Guessing the Director
Multiple Auditions
Helpful Hints
Summary
Actor Practice
The Art of Concentration
Concentration
Internal Rap
Interest Is the Focal Point of Concentration
Feedback
Emotions
Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Love
Differentiating between the Emotions
Laughter and Sadness
Focused Concentration
How to Increase Your Concentration
Summary
Actor Practice
The Art of Not Knowing
Everything Happens As If for the First Time
Being Intimate without Taking It Personally
Beginner's Mind and Logical Mind
After the Scene, Forget It
Opinions and Beliefs Will Destroy You
Play the Character, Not the Stereotype
Judgment Is a Trap
Leave Your Feelings on the Set
Self-Criticism
Use Your Beginner's Mind to Not Know
Summary
Actor Practice
More on the Art of Not Knowing
The First Time
Bad Acting on Film Is the Triumph of Logic
Don't Be Safe
The Power of Not Knowing
Memorizing and Not Knowing
Repeating an Emotional Experience
Discover Facts by Concentrating on the Other Actor
Judgments Ruin Your Acting
A Genuine Experience
Summary
Actor Practice
Still More on the Art of Not Knowing
The Director's Ideas
Ideas and the Actors
The Director's Vision
Good Actors Make Things Happen
Directors Use Blocking to Elicit Responses
A Director's Scene Preparation
Importance of the Art of Not Knowing
Summary
Actor Practice
The Art of Acceptance
Acceptance
Play the Game
Trust the Roller Coaster
Having Fun
Sets and Locations Are Real
Summary
Actor Practice
The Art of Giving and Receiving
Giving and Receiving
Giving, Receiving, and Subtext
Accepting Responsibility
The Relating Exercise
Different Emotional Levels
There Are No Officially Sanctioned Responses
Summary
Actor Practice
The Senses
See through Untainted Eyes
The Abilities
The Maestro's Ears
The Sense of Touch
Touching to Relax
Touching to Stimulate Love
Touching to Provoke Anger
Touching to Stimulate Laughter
Smell and Taste
Summary
Actor Practice
Intimacy, Empathy, and Intuition
You Are What You Are: The First Ingredient of Intimacy
Intimacy: The Quality of Good Actors
Memory and Fear: The Enemies of Intimacy
Empathy
Intimacy and Empathy
Scenes "Not Worthy" of an Actor
Physical Actions
Intuition: Your Sixth Sense
The Creative Inner Child
Words That Prevent Good Acting
Act, Don't Think
Summary
Actor Practice
The Audition
Getting Ready to Audition
Casting for Type
Film and Stage Casting
Auditioning
Film Audition
Acting in Plays
Approaches to Acting
Physical and Emotional Aspects of Characterization
Imagination
Subtext
Types of Actors
The Message You Send
Summary
Actor Practice
More on the Audition
The Casting Director
The Job
Acting Is a Business
Why Actors Don't Get Cast
The Differences between the Relating Exercise and the Audition
The Art of Not Knowing
The "Where."
Sides
Fear
Relaxing
Benefit of the Relating Exercise in Audition
Skills for the Audition
Preparation for Audition
The Audition
Commercial Improvisation
Comedic Improvisation
Dramatic Improvisation
Summary
Actor Practice
The Comedy Audition
Comedy and Exposition
Characterization
Absurd Situations
Environment
Comedy Patterns
Auditioning for Comedy
Find the Humor
The Elements of Comedy
Comic Actors
Physical Comedy or Farce
Punching and Undercutting
Rhythm, Tempo, and Pacing
Rehearsal
Emotional Ideas
Preparing for the Comedy Audition
In the Audition
Summary
Actor Practice
Conclusion
How It Happens
Summary
Afterword
How to Get in Touch with Jeremiah
Bibliography
Videography
Index
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