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Picture Yourself Directing a Movie by Eric Nicholas

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Chapter 5. Rehearsing Your Actors

Rehearsing Your Actors

AS I MENTIONED IN CHAPTER 4, many directors (surprisingly, some very successful ones) choose not to rehearse their actors before shooting begins. This is actually quite common in the film and TV business. Many directors are so focused on the technology of filmmaking that they don’t give rehearsals a second thought, ignoring the human component of their own movies. Others point to the nature of filmmaking itself as an argument against rehearsing. They contend that you can shoot many takes of a performance and edit them together later for the best possible result. Others still argue that rehearsals can sap a performance ...

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