9780240803012

Film and Television Acting: From stage to screen

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  • ISBN13:

    9780240803012

  • ISBN10:

    0240803019

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1997-12-11
  • Publisher: Focal Press

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Summary

Film and Television Acting offers solid techniques for creating a natural, believable performance for film and television. The reader will discover techniques for listening and reacting, blocking and business, character, focus, the closeup, and comedy as they pertain to acting in front of a camera. The book analyzes the differences between theatre, film, and television acting, providing the theatre trained actor with specific approaches for making the transition to on-camera work. this second edition is thoroughly revised and updated. The book contains numerous scenes and exercises, including sample scenes from Cheers and Seinfeld, which provide the reader with ways to practice the specific techniques outlined by the author. Included are interviews with well-know actors and directors: Don Murray, Norman Jewison, and Emmy award winner, Glenn Jordan, to name a few. These interviews illustrate how the professionals apply their training and technique to filmed performances. There is also a chapter-length interview with John Lithgow, in which the actor provides a first-hand account of the differences of acting for the theatre and for the camera.

Table of Contents

Preface ix(2)
Acknowledgments xi(2)
Foreword xiii
1 The Evolving Play versus the Frozen Film
1(2)
2 Listening and Reacting
3(9)
The Reaction Shot
3(2)
Listening
5(7)
Exercise 1: Listening
6(1)
Exercise 2: Videotaped Reactions
7(1)
Exercise 3: The Phone Call
8(2)
Exercise 4: Phone Call 2
10(2)
3 Blocking and Business
12(11)
Definition
12(1)
Technical Blocking
12(2)
Artistic Blocking Technique
14(1)
Situation
15(8)
Exercise 5: Blocking and Marks
17(2)
Exercise 6: Business
19(4)
4 Preparation
23(13)
Stage to Film
23(2)
You Are You
25(3)
Exercise 7: Who Am I?
25(3)
Out of Order
28(8)
Exercise 8: Stage versus Film Performance
32(4)
5 Character
36(18)
The Building Blocks
36(2)
Intellect and Instinct
38(4)
Exercise 9: Character
39(2)
Exercise 10: Character Extended
41(1)
Don't Wait for Magic
42(2)
Exercise 11: Your Day
43(1)
We Are Known by the Things We Do
44(1)
The Dilemma
45(1)
Tics and Tricks
46(8)
Exercise 12: One's Mind Is Elsewhere
48(2)
Exercise 13: Choices
50(4)
6 Focus
54(10)
The Environment
54(1)
The Love Scene
54(9)
Exercise 14: The Love Scene
55(3)
Exercise 15: Focus
58(4)
Exercise 16: The Reading
62(1)
Imitation
63(1)
7 Comedy
64(18)
The Big Difference
64(1)
You Need a Sense of Humor to Do Comedy
64(3)
Don't Act Funny
67(15)
Exercise 17: Woman's Monologue
68(1)
Exercise 18: Man's Monologue
69(1)
Exercise 19: Some Like It Hot
70(7)
Exercise 20: Sunday
77(5)
8 Situation Comedy
82(21)
History
82(1)
A Unique Arena
83(1)
Your Bit Part on "Cheers"
83(1)
Sitcom Scene--Seinfeld
84(19)
9 The Close-up
103(7)
Realization
104(2)
Exercise 21: Realization 1
104(1)
Exercise 22: Realization 2
105(1)
Change of Direction
106(4)
Exercise 23: Change of Direction
106(4)
10 John Lithgow on Acting
110(4)
Film
110(2)
Situation Comedy
112(2)
11 The Workplace
114(10)
The Set
114(3)
The Location
117(1)
Lights, Camera, Action
118(2)
Sound
120(1)
ADR: Looping
121
Dialogue
000
Outside Elements
122(1)
Directors' Peeves
123(1)
12 Scenes
124(21)
Scene 1: The Language Barrier
124(4)
Scene 2: College Boys
128(3)
Scene 3: Two Women
131(2)
Scene 4: Man or Woman
133(3)
The Comedy Sketch: Casa Blanco
136(9)
Scene 5: Flirtation
139(4)
Exercise 24: Sacrifice
143(1)
Exercise 25: Discovery
144(1)
13 The Business
145(6)
Agents
146(1)
Auditions and Casting
147(1)
Unemployment and Rejection
148(3)
14 This Is a Wrap!
151(2)
Index 153

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