I'll Be in My Trailer The Creative Wars Between Directors and Actors

ISBN-10: 1932907149

ISBN-13: 9781932907148

Edition: 2006

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Description: 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 get actors to 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. Includes never before published stories from veteran director, John Badham, as well as Sydney Pollock, Mel Gibson, James Woods, Michael Mann and many more.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publication date: 7/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 219
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Contributors
No Day at the Beach
How to Hide
The Moral of This Tale Is?
Novice Director Meets Richard Pryor
Career in the Dumper
Summary
Dos & Don'ts
Universal Peeves
Summary
Comfort or Constipate
The Magic, Please
Summary
Are Actors Nuts?
If It Looks So Easy, You Try It
Craziness Clarified
Just a Bunch of Children?
"Never Act with Dogs or Kids"
Crybabies Too?
Actors Are Different Than You and Me
Summary
A Lazy Way to Success - Casting
Stupid Casting Trick #1
Stupid Director Trick #2
Stupid Casting Trick #3
Cut to the Audition
Free Rehearsal
Cast at Last
Videotape - Blessing and Curse
Professionals vs. Amateurs
Trainwreck #5: Cast the Producer's Girlfriend
Summary
Rehearsal - Panacea or Pain
Bunch 1 - Must Have It
Bunch 2 - Who Needs It?
Rehearsals Are for Wimps?
Train for Spontaneity
There's No Time to Rehearse
Organic Valium
Summary
Rehearsal - Day One
First Readthrough
That Means No Rehearsal... Right?
Never Invite Guests to the First Reading
When Do You Direct?
Improvisation
Staging During Rehearsal
How Much Rehearsal?
After Rehearsal
Summary
Killing Acting
The Shifting Sand of Objectives
Non-Actable Directions
Active Action Verbs
Rehearsing Emotional Scenes
This'll Shut'em Up
Napoleon's One-Minute Manager
Phantom Kibitzers
Summary
On the Day
What's the First Shot?
Six-Hundred-Pound Gorillas
Forget Them, What About Me
It's About Respect
Summary
Actors Are Not Apples
Get a Stuntman
Who Made You God of Ideas?
Summary
What Am I Doing?
Result Directing
Tricky, Tricky
Skip the Bullshit, What Do You Want?
Off the Wall
RX for Stage Actors
Film Actors Can't Throw Stones
Summary
911 Directing
Obvious Possibilities
The Dog Ate My Dialogue
This Scene Is Stupid
Can't Play It Truthfully
What Is the Real Emotion
Fear of Failure
They Are Not There
I'm Not Saying This
I'm Not Doing This
Paper Baggers
What If They're Really Crazed?
Playing the Lottery
Scene Stealers & Bad Boys
Meltdown in Malibu
Drinks, Drugs & SOBs
Live a Little
Outside or Inside
Summary
VideoVillage Idiots
Ohmigod, They Want to Come to Dailies!
Summary
Wait, You're Not Done
Invading the Editing Suite
Summary
Picture Credits
Index
About the Authors
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