Intent to Live Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor

ISBN-10: 0553381202
ISBN-13: 9780553381207
Edition: N/A
Authors: Larry Moss
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Description: "I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don't seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living." -Larry Moss, from the Introduction When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don't seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living." -Larry Moss, from the Introduction When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss's guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone-professionals and amateurs alike-can discover Moss's passionate, in-depth teaching. Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic. From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies. Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. Moss's respect for actors and love of the actor's craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you. "From the Hardcover edition."

Introduction: Discovering the Dream
Given Circumstances: Building from the Ground Up
Superobjective and Objective: What Do You Want? My System of Wants Exercise
Obstacle and Intention: How Will You Get It?
Stakes: What Is It Worth to You?
Inner Imagery: The Life Within
Battling Acting Teachers: Don't Get Caught in a Senseless War
Emotion on Demand: Finding Your Triggers: Memories of Home Exercise
The Actor's Choice: Creating Your Interpretation
Defining and Redefining Your Relationships: In-Character Improvisation
Destination, Business, and Gesture Creating Physical Life for Your Character
Back Story and Biography: Believing Your Character's Life
The Animal Exercise: Expanding Your Behavioral Choices
Place: The Richness of Where You Are
Cold, Drunk, Hot, Sexy: Using Sensory Work for Character: The Physical Sensation Exercise
Endowing Objects, Places, Persons, and Events: The Personal Object Exercise
The Moment Before: Starting the Scene with Life
Moment to Moment: It's Always Improvisation: The Repeat Exercise
Relaxation and Overcoming Fear: The Release Exercise
Voice, Accents, and Blood Memory
An Actor's Tipsheet for Comedy
Stage, Screen, and TV: Similarities, Differences, Traps
How to Work with a Director or Be Your Own Director
The Power of Yes
When Race, Racial Stereotypes, Class, Ethnicity, and Sexuality Become Issues
The Story Exercise: Becoming the Writer and Star of Your Own Play
Confidence versus Arrogance and the Work Ethic
On Being Cool: A Rant
Breaking In and Breaking Out: How I Learned Not to Be a Demented Puppy
For Further Study
Essential Questions for Working on a Part
A Case Study: Lobby Hero
The Scene
The Process
The Monologue Workout Program
Acknowledgments

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