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The Actor in You: Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting

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ISBN13:

9780205269990

ISBN10:
0205269990
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

An introduction to the fundamentals of beginning acting, The Actor in You enhances students' appreciation of the art of acting by helping them realize that they already possess, in principle, the basic skills of the actor: the ability to play a role, the ability to fulfill the sense of drama and to structure dramatic scenes, and the capacity to express emotion. Drawing exercises and examples from students' everyday lives and from well-known films and television programs, Robert Benedetti succeeds in deducing dramatic principles from those experiences and then applying them to everyday life for artistic purpose. Written in a personal and direct style, Benedetti presents a balance of theory and practical application in a clear and accessible format. Through a sixteen step organization, The Actor in You provides a direct, concise presentation and explanation of fundamentals for beginning students.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
PART I Understanding Acting 1(30)
Why Study Acting? 1(2)
1 What Does an Actor Do?
3(4)
Acting in Everyday Life
4(3)
2 Action in Life and in Performance
7(6)
Action in Everyday Life
8(2)
Believability in Life and in Performance
10(3)
3 Internal and External Action
13(6)
Transactions
17(2)
4 Understanding Emotion and Character
19(6)
Emotion
19(1)
Character and the Magic If
20(2)
The Actor in You
22(3)
5 The Actor's State of Mind
25(6)
Dual Consciousness
26(1)
Indicating
27(2)
Summary to Part I
29(2)
PART II Preparing Yourself to Act 31(16)
The Creative State 31(2)
6 Tension, Effort, and Relaxation
33(8)
Being Whole
34(2)
Relaxation
36(5)
7 Creating Together
41(6)
PART III Creating a Role 47(62)
The Acting Process 47(1)
A Scene of Your Own 48(1)
Sample Scenes 48(3)
8 Dramatic Function
51(4)
Functional and Likeness Traits
53(2)
9 The Character's World
55(8)
Who
55(2)
Where
57(1)
When
58(1)
What
59(1)
Summary of the Givens
60(3)
10 The Character's Needs
63(6)
Personalizing and the Magic If
64(1)
Emotional Recall and Substitution
65(4)
11 The Character's Mind
69(8)
The Stimulus
72(1)
Automatic Actions
72(1)
Choice
73(2)
Working with Inner Action
75(2)
12 Objectives and Actions
77(6)
Defining Useful Objectives
77(1)
Playable Actions
78(1)
Direct and Indirect Action: Subtext
79(1)
Not Doing
80(1)
Connecting Action with Others
81(2)
13 Beats and Scene Structure
83(10)
Levels of Action
85(2)
Scene Structure
87(1)
Scene Breakdown
88(5)
14 Through-Line and Superobjective
93(4)
Personalizing the Superobjective
94(3)
15 The Elements of Characterization
97(6)
Physical Traits
98(1)
Social Traits
98(1)
Psychological Traits
99(1)
Moral Traits
100(1)
Economy of Characterization
101(2)
16 Final Rehearsals
103(6)
Blocking
104(1)
Shaping and Pacing
105(1)
Spontaneity
106(1)
Emotion in Performance
107(1)
Afterword The Power of Transformation 109(2)
Appendix A Sample Scenes 111(16)
Appendix B Useful Plays 127(4)
Glossary 131(16)
Index 147


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