Respect for Acting

Author: Uta Hagen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470730188
Release Date: 2009-05-04
Genre: Performing Arts

Respect for Acting "This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation of the means to the end." --Publishers Weekly "Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation." --Library Journal "Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting . . . is a relatively small book. But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed in print of his craft." --Los Angeles Times "There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by Uta Hagen." --Fritz Weaver "This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor." --King Features Syndicate

Challenge For The Actor

Author: Uta Hagen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684190402
Release Date: 1991-08-21
Genre: Performing Arts

The actress and teacher guides actors in developing their art, covering such aspects as voice techniques, timing, rhythm, and including exercises to correct problems

Sanford Meisner on Acting

Author: Sanford Meisner
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307830630
Release Date: 2012-11-07
Genre: Performing Arts

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

Author: Melissa Bruder
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780394744124
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Performing Arts

6 working actors describe their methods and philosophies of the theater. All have worked with playwright David Mamet at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

Life and Acting

Author: Jack Garfein
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810126732
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Performing Arts

"Jack Garfein's book is a touching reminder of our early attempts at creating theater without artifice. It is good to know that he is still working hard at it."---Ben Gazzara Having arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein would soon rise to the top of his field as a teacher and practitioner. He has worked with a who's who of twentieth-century acting, especially those associated with the Actors Studio, the West Coast branch of which he founded. Life and Acting is the product of more than sixty years in the worlds of theater and film, offering the kind of insight gained only through experience. Garfein distills his knowledge into a holistic learning technique. Beginning mostly with memoir, focusing on his own education in the theater and describing how his exposure to artists working in other media---particularly painters and writers---contributed to his understanding of acting, Garfein goes on to offer thirty-seven detailed lessons teaching acting techniques for the stage and applying his principles to acting in front of a camera. Life and Acting is an invaluable resource that belongs on the bookshelf of every actor and acting teacher.

Actions

Author: Marina Caldarone
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854596748
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Drama

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson. Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way. 'If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence' Terry Johnson

Acting in Film

Author: Michael Caine
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9781476842752
Release Date: 2000-02-01
Genre: Performing Arts

(Applause Books). A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies. This revised and expanded edition features great photos, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. "Remarkable material ... A treasure ... I'm not going to be looking at performances quite the same way ... FASCINATING!" Gene Siskel

In Depth Acting

Author: Dee Cannon
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849435420
Release Date: 2012-08-13
Genre: Performing Arts

A book that will stand the test of time for any actor in the making, a book of knowledge and hard-earned commitment to the art of acting"- Pierce Brosnan An essential guide to mastering the Stanislavski technique, filtering out the complexities of the system and offering a dynamic, hands-on approach. In-Depth Acting provides a comprehensive understanding of character, preparation, text, subtext and objectives. • How to prepare for drama school and professional auditions • How to develop a 3-dimensional, truthful character • Preparation exercises to help you get in character • Rehearsal guidelines • An appendix of Transitive/Active Verbs and more ‘A wonderful, succinct book that no student or professional actor should be without.’ - Jenny Lipman, Acting Tutor at LAMDA ‘Dee Cannon’s classes at RADA were legendary. This is an inspiring and intensely practical guide for anyone, at any stage of their acting life.’ - Eve Best ‘As a former student of Dee’s, I can assure you that this is the definitive version of the method I use to approach every role: iPods, animals and OBJECTIVES! How wonderful to finally have it all in book form!’ - Gemma Arterton 'Working with Dee and with this book I feel my process and preparation has been energized, activated and inspired' - Ramin Karimloo

Acting for the Camera

Author: Tony Barr
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062237569
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Genre: Performing Arts

Culled from Tony Barr's 40 years' experience as a performer, director and acting teacher in Hollywood, this highly praised handbook provides readers with the practical knowledge they need when performing in front of the camera. This updated edition includes plenty of new exercises for honing on-camera skills; additional chapters on imagination and movement; and fresh material on character development, monologues, visual focus, playing comedy and working with directors. Inside tips on the studio system and acting guilds make it particularly helpful for people new to the business, and numerous anecdotes from actors such as Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins and examples from current movies illustrate its many lessons. It is perfect for acting classes, workshops, all actors who work in front of the camera -- and all those who want to.

Acting One

Author: Robert Cohen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social
ISBN: 076741859X
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Performing Arts

Used to teach beginning acting on more campuses than any other text, Acting One contains twenty-eight lessons based on experiential exercises. The text covers basic skills such as talking, listening, tactical interplay, physicalizing, building scenes, and making good choices.

Tips

Author: Jon Jory
Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 1575252023
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Performing Arts

Provides 205 tips for refining such acting skills as technique, textual study, transitions, role building, play-writing, and strategy.

Secrets of Screen Acting

Author: Patrick Tucker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317579649
Release Date: 2014-11-13
Genre: Performing Arts

When it was first published in 1993, Secrets of Screen Acting broke new ground in explaining how acting for the camera is different from acting on stage. Reaction time is altered, physical timing and placement are reconceived, and the proportions of the digital frame itself become the measure of all things, so the director must conceptualize each image in terms of this new rectangle and actors must 'fit' into the frame. Based on a revolutionary non-Method approach to acting, this book shows what actually works: how an actor, an announcer--anyone working in front of the cameras--gives excellent performances on screen. Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there towards the real. His step-by-step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested Screen Acting Checklist. As well as being completely updated to cover new techniques, film references and insights, this third edition now includes a set of Film Clip Time Codes for each film. These not only itemise the films discussed in each chapter, but also pinpoint the precise moments where each example can be found so that students, teachers, and professional actors can refer to them quickly and easily.

Audition

Author: Michael Shurtleff
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802719023
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: Performing Arts

The casting director for Chicago, Pippin, Becket, Gypsy, The Graduate, the Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar tells you how you can find your dream! Absolutely everything an actor needs to know to get the part is here: What to do that moment before, how to use humour; create mystery; how to develop a distinct style; and how to evaluate the place, the relationships and the competition. In fact, Audition is a necessary guide to dealing with all the "auditions" we face in life. This is the bible on the subject.

Notes to an Actor

Author: Ron Marasco
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
ISBN: 1566637570
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Performing Arts

Do you have any notes for me? If you have spent any time in the theater, or in film or television production, or have an actor in your family, or hope to be an actor, this question will have a familiar ring. Actors always ask for notes on their performance, and they will take them from just about anyone. While people in other pursuits tend not to ask for performance ratings, actors demand them. Ron Marasco's Notes to an Actor grew out of the actor's profession-which, the author notes, is such a mysterious art. It is learned by experience, trial and error, and by succeeding and failing.

To the Actor

Author: Michael Chekov
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 9781787204331
Release Date: 2017-04-07
Genre: Performing Arts

In To the Actor Michael Chekhov has recorded brilliantly the results of his many years of experimenting, testing and verifying in the professional theater and schools of the theater. He brings to actors far greater insight into themselves and the characters they are to portray, which enables them to approach any role with new ease and skill. “To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it. It should prove enlightening to theatergoers who wish to deepen their appreciation for fine acting and thus help to invigorate the theatrical art.”—Gregory Peck “I think without a doubt every creative person in the theater will want to have it as a constant reference book, outside of its being, in my opinion, absorbing and entertaining reading.”—Yul Brynner (from the Preface) “One of the most remarkable and practical books on the technique of acting I have ever read....Enthusiastically recommended to all theatre collections of whatever size.”—Library Journal