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Internationally-renowned directing coach Weston demonstrates what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong, script analysis and preparation, how actors work, and shares insights into the director/actor relationship.

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This is essential reading for anyone interested in directing or acting. Judith Weston''s brilliance is to recognize that directors, actors, writers, and technicians are involved in a process that is at essence a collaboration. In order for them to have the best shot at creating something true and meaningful, they must share a language and a method of exchange that fosters creative cooperation. Weston rightly sees the director as the central figure in inspiring the energy of a production''s harmony. She advises the prospective director on every aspect of a stage or film production, showing how the director can draw the best performances possible from actors.

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The focus on creating memorable performances for film and television provides explicit acting advice and examples rather than the usual generalities. From the initial reading of a script to casting and rehearsing techniques and developing or understanding relationships between actors and directors, this is packed with practical considerations. -- Midwest Book Review

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Judith Weston, who lives in Los Angeles, has taught ""Acting for Directors"" for over a decade throughout the U.S. and Europe, and is the author of the best-selling book, Directing Actors.

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G. Cope
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A must read for all aspiring directors
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2017
Hands down one of the best books out there for anyone interested in film directing. Working with actors can often seem confusing or scary. and even for those who take many workshops and classes about working with actors it can still feel like there is this big... See more
Hands down one of the best books out there for anyone interested in film directing.

Working with actors can often seem confusing or scary. and even for those who take many workshops and classes about working with actors it can still feel like there is this big divide between the director''s mind and the actor''s mind.
This book helps greatly to clear that all up. with in-depth step by step and common sense looks at the actor''s ( and director''s ) craft this book helps to lift the haze and guide you to being a director actors will be excited to work with.

For actors this book provides a wonderful look at how hard a director''s craft can be when it comes to acting alone. How a director has to balance multiple actors to reach a balance in a scene.
It also helps clear the air and make sense of where confusing or just bad direction.
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M. F. Crowl
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Helpful book for directors and actors
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2018
Though the book is officially aimed at film directors, and their need to understand how to direct actors, there is far more in this book. It offers both directors and actors a great deal of help, looks at the various approaches to acting (including the Method and such) and... See more
Though the book is officially aimed at film directors, and their need to understand how to direct actors, there is far more in this book. It offers both directors and actors a great deal of help, looks at the various approaches to acting (including the Method and such) and offers many helpful suggestions and techniques for all kinds of situations that arise for actors, and between directors and actors.
Having done a little directing and some acting as well, I really enjoyed this, and found it helpful in ways to think about any future work I do in these areas.
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Veronica L
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So you want to direct....
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2016
Great book to help directors learn to motivate actors and get the responses they want, and understand how to read a script. If you are an actor, there is a lot of great info here as well. Geared for film acting, some of the techniques need to be modified to work for the... See more
Great book to help directors learn to motivate actors and get the responses they want, and understand how to read a script. If you are an actor, there is a lot of great info here as well. Geared for film acting, some of the techniques need to be modified to work for the stage, but the principles are the same. Some of the critics of the book talk about it being outdated. Although people may be developing new techniques, that doesn''t mean that old techniques no longer work. The goal remains the same: to create an exciting and believable performance.
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Niccolo
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Advice that is practical for directing actors
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
I''ve read other acting books and they felt very vague. They explained how actors ''work'' and how the director-actor relationship functioned, but the tips were very amorphous and not easily applicable to real-life directing work. The tips in this book are actually... See more
I''ve read other acting books and they felt very vague. They explained how actors ''work'' and how the director-actor relationship functioned, but the tips were very amorphous and not easily applicable to real-life directing work.

The tips in this book are actually practical and something I feel I could walk onto set and try with my actors. They are tools for your directing toolkit. I highly recommend this book.
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Abner RosenweigTop Contributor: Writing
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For the actor or director
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2014
I have been acting in theater and film since I was a kid but I didn''t really understand what acting was until I read this book. Weston is enjoyable to read and deeply wise about the actor''s process and human behavior in general. DA is packed with vital information for the... See more
I have been acting in theater and film since I was a kid but I didn''t really understand what acting was until I read this book. Weston is enjoyable to read and deeply wise about the actor''s process and human behavior in general. DA is packed with vital information for the actor or director, and while it will take several re-reads and much real practice before I fully integrate all of the techniques presented here, there are many things I can adapt immediately to significantly improve another''s performance or my own performance in a role or my performance in life.
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Dick Oliver
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No other book on acting or directing comes close
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2006
This book isn''t just for directors. It is an invaluable resource for actors as well. I''ve taught film and video acting for a number of years and never found a book that was worth having students read even part of. Until this one. Unlike most books on acting which focus on... See more
This book isn''t just for directors. It is an invaluable resource for actors as well. I''ve taught film and video acting for a number of years and never found a book that was worth having students read even part of. Until this one. Unlike most books on acting which focus on techniques that may work great on stage but are worse than disastrous on film, Judith Weston goes under the surface of acting and directing to the core of what a close-up camera needs to see. That, in a nutshell, is "lending the character your unconscious," so that absolutely nothing looks (or is) fake or "pretend." Even more importantly, she provides down-to-earth, extremely effective techniques for directors that support and demand genuine, affect-free performances. She discusses the creative process of the director at a level that is not idiosycratic or based on her personal "style" (as so many books for directors and actors do). Her advice is both common-sensical and deeply insightful, it''s what every good director knows but often can''t articulate consistently enough. Don''t miss this book if you work in film or video, whether you are a director, actor, teacher, editor, DP, AD, or even a gaffer. After reading Weston, you will see every aspect of the actors performances more truly and clearly, and find yourself finding new ways to get the most out of every second on screen. One of those books that changes your life by telling you what you already knew more clearly than you ever thought it could be said, and giving you fresh new ways to put it into practical use. Highest recommendation.
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Bart Weiss
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a must read for directors
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
Many filmmakers especially student filmmaker are afraid of working with actors, so they often you friends and the result is a bad film that looks great. We all know that getting a good performance is key to good filmmaking os how do filmmakers learn how to work with... See more
Many filmmakers especially student filmmaker are afraid of working with actors, so they often you friends and the result is a bad film that looks great. We all know that getting a good performance is key to good filmmaking os how do filmmakers learn how to work with actors. READ Judith Weston;s Directing actors. This is the go to book to what not to do with actors, give them results oriented direction, and how to talk to actors, how actors think and how to direct them. If nothing else any filmmaker that reads the first chapter Result direction and quick fixes, will never make the same mistakes again. After reading this book, filmmakers will get over their fear and lean to enjoy the process of directing,
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Creative Type
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MUST HAVE! for actors and directors, even writers
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2010
BUY THIS BOOK. YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID. If you are involved with film or television production, you MUST read this book. I have been studying acting and directing for over two years now and this book is such a solid, thorough explanation of how actors... See more
BUY THIS BOOK. YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID.
If you are involved with film or television production, you MUST read this book.

I have been studying acting and directing for over two years now and this book is such a solid, thorough explanation of how actors work and how best to communicate with them as a director. Chapter by chapter I can recall how we touched on this or that in class or in my other studies and it has amounted to quite an impressive collection of technique, advice, anecdotes and examples, indeed.

There is virtually no filler. Any examples given serve the case-in-point directly. Some pitfalls are addressed in most areas and explanations are given as to why they occur and why and how they are best avoided. Writers can even benefit from this book by understanding how theirs scripts are broken down, analyzed, and delivered and how a stumble in acting may truly fall back on the words on the page.

This book will equip you with a knowledge of most ubiquitous technique and terminology such that you can fashion your own approach to each new role as either an actor or as a director who will help your actors deliver the best they can.
Five Stars, hands-down.

I am seriously considering purchasing a backup copy, this book is THAT GOOD.
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Lewis Logan
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To read or not to read....There is no question.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2015
Directing can on some days be relatively straight forward, you''ve had months of rehearsals with you actors and you are confident the scene works. On the day everything runs smoothly and you go away feeling confident that the performances were believable and true. However,...See more
Directing can on some days be relatively straight forward, you''ve had months of rehearsals with you actors and you are confident the scene works. On the day everything runs smoothly and you go away feeling confident that the performances were believable and true. However, there will always be a few days where everything you had worked so hard to achieve crumbles before your very eyes. I often feel daunted when on set on how I should tackle a scene; when things start going wrong I am even more lost. Judith Weston''s book helps to give you a foundation of methods in which to use to help communicate with you actor in a language they understand and get the best performance possible. She talks about trying to steer clear of result direction and using playable methods to help the actor remain within the character and within the scene. For me it was an enjoyable read and one that I keep reading over and over again. It is nice to have a set of well established, credible building blocks on which to build my own methods. Judith herself even says how she doesn''t see every method being taken on and often you will find your own flair in this world, but to have a good base to start and one to even fall back on is one less thing to worry about when your actor just isn''t finding the core of the scene. I cannot recommend this enough for both Actor and Director. It has helped me incredibly in the early part of my very long and daunting career. Some may argue that there are better books out there, and better methods, however, I would argue that Judith covers these methods but in her own language, a language not just for the classically trained or the film school graduate, no, for anyone with a willingness to learn.
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Soldier of Winter
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A book I still refer to frequently
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2016
As anyone wanting to work with actors, screen or stage, I absolutely recommend this book. This is the most useful book I''ve read on the art of acting and I would still refer back to it every now and again for guidance. In fact, anyone wanting to get into film/ TV in ANY...See more
As anyone wanting to work with actors, screen or stage, I absolutely recommend this book. This is the most useful book I''ve read on the art of acting and I would still refer back to it every now and again for guidance. In fact, anyone wanting to get into film/ TV in ANY role should read this, it really helps you to respect the process and make the most of your position on set. Brilliant!
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Trizen
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Must buy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2020
Great work Helps you understand the practical issues of leading the actors in a play/ film Must buy 10/10
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CMB
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Good read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2020
Great read with good info.
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E. Carron
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An astounding read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2020
This is an amazing book. Deeply practical. A great read not just for aspiring directors but also writers. It is amazing and very surprising to see how your work will be used.,
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