How to Rehearse When There Is No Rehearsal Acting and the Media

ISBN-10: 0879103426

ISBN-13: 9780879103422

Edition: 2007

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This practical book on the subject of how to act, based on Ms. Spivak's forty years of acting, coaching, and teaching classes - first at Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen's HB Studio, then on her own - provides a step-by-step system for analyzing and building a character organically, which can be applied even in the short time an actor has to prepare for auditions and for many television performances. Timely advice includes how to do camera takes, interpret and follow stage directions, and how to prepare for auditions and work in theater, film, television commercials, and television soap operas, sitcoms, and nighttime dramas.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Robert Blumenfeld is a professional actor who has been on the faculty of both the Stella Adler Conservatory and the National Shakespeare Conservatory and is a private and production coach as well. Working with accents on stage, screen and radio for close to 30 years, he is superbly qualified to lead any actor to success in achieving the speech a role demands.

Foreword: Thoughts about Stanislavsky and Acting Today
Preface: The Need for This Book
Acting and Current Working Conditions
The Stanislavsky System Explored
Why Rehearse?
Commitment and Practicing Alone
Rehearsing Scenes for Class
Film and Television: The End of Rehearsal
Television Commercials
Soap Opera and Nighttime Television Drama
The Situation Comedy (Sitcom)
Rehearsing on Your Own
Introduction Developing the Process
Impulses and Instincts
Concentration and Relaxation
Substitution and Endowment
Step 1: How to Read the Script
Finding the Themes
Finding the Playwright's Music
Step 2: Developing the Relationships
First Readings
Revealing the Subtext
Step 3: Paying Attention to the Inner Objects
Step 4: Finding the Objective
Step 5: Following Up on Place and Circumstances: The Here and Now
Step 6: Planning the Activity
Step 7: Delving into the Prior Relationship
Step 8: The Character Chart, Part 1: Writing a Preliminary Character Background
Background Questions
Step 9: The Character Chart, Part 2: Deciding on the Character Traits
More about Negative Character Traits
Two Exercises
Step 10: The Character Chart, Part 3: Life Drives
Step 11: Becoming the Character
Complete Character Charts
The Steps Condensed When You Have No Time: My Experience in the Media
The Ideal and the Practical: Working in Film and Television
The Director and the Camera
Camera Takes and How to Deal With Them
Working with Directors: Translating the Director's Language
Chapter 17 Auditions
Prepared Monologues
A Parting Word
Glossary of Acting Terms
Index of People
Index of Films and Television Programs
Index of Plays
About the Author and Collaborator
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