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The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera by John Howard Swain

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Introduction

The purpose of this book is to introduce actors who want to work in the film/television industry to a practical, proven technique. This technique, this way of working, with a few notable exceptions, also applies to actors working on stage.

Today there is a great deal of emphasis placed on naturalistic, instinctual acting. There is also a misconception that technique and instinct are not compatible. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Science, for our purposes, isn’t about formulas or equations or the periodic table; rather we’re talking about a systemic yet flexible body of knowledge you can employ throughout the course of your career. You will see how the science of this technique can enhance instinct and thereby produce ...

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