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

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Tips for the Director

As I write this chapter we happen to be on the verge of another spring awards season. Celebrations, such as the Oscars (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), the DGA awards (Directors Guild of America), the People’s Choice Awards (Foreign Press Association), the Tonys (Broadway production), and the Obies (Off-Broadway production), which mainly have to do with the economics of our business, abound. I was startled to read an article that announced that this year—2005—the average age of the five directors nominated for the Best Director category by the Academy was sixty. And yet why was I surprised? It takes a long time and a lot of doing it to get to the point where one can really ...

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