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Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, 3rd Edition by Peter W. Rea, David K. Irving

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chapter fifteen

Cast

She’s a great actress, so I was very lucky.

Adam

DIRECTOR

Direct

Actors are the director’s primary storytelling vehicles. A good actor can breathe life into a character and a script. Aiding and guiding the actors through the production are the director’s jobs.

The relationship between a director and an actor is an important one. Many intangible elements must come together in front of the camera when the director calls, “Action.” These elements include emotional tone, pace, projection, and the arc of the characters.

The director should know what the actor is capable of in any given situation. Casting and rehearsals will give the director a strong indication of the actor’s talent and range, but the critical point comes when ...

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