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

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The Rehearsal Process

Now we come to what I consider to be the most fun part of the work, the period of rehearsal during which we can experiment, explore, discover, and collaborate. In the theatre it is usually a period of at least 4 weeks during which actors and director can, scene by scene and layer by layer, put together the components that will lift the text off the page and make it a living, breathing event. The film director too often either cannot or will not avail himself of this most important step in the process because of time and money concerns. But I always urge my film students to fight for at least a week or two of rehearsal no matter what the obstacles may be. There are some notable film directors ...

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