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Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre by Lenore DeKoven

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The Actor and Training

It is my firm belief that any director worth his/her salt should have a grounding in the specifics of the actor’s training. However, if you are a trained actor or a director who has experienced actor training, you might want to skip the following chapter and go right to Chapter 3.

In both narrative film and theatre the actors provide the means by which we recreate human behavior and tell our stories. How do they arrive at the choices they make to become the characters in the scripts? And what is their language, their vocabulary? If we as directors are to communicate with them successfully, we must have some insight into their process. That word process should be plural, actually, as each ...

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