Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Word On Directing

Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television
Directing is the most demanding job on the guerrilla filmmaker's set. Most times you'll find yourself directing from behind the camera, focusing on the technical aspects of the job. So many things can go wrong when your undermanned, but I urge you to focus on your actors.

The actor/director relationship, is one that we have the least amount of time to learn. It's trial by fire and that can be intimidating. To compound matters, many first time directors cast friends in their productions. Do not fall prey to this mistake! Get out there and meet some new people!! But, arm yourself.

Directing Actors by Judith Weston will be your new bible. Don't just read this book, learn it. Keep it with you on set and at rehearsals. This book is the bridge between you an your actors. It will help you speak their language. Directing Actors is the best book I have in my film-making arsenal.

 Five Stars!

October Black,

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