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Friday, February 9, 2007

Directing Actors by Judith Weston

When I was in Film School, I honestly thought being a director was all technical. Things like camera placement, lighting, and blocking. However, directing is aesthetic, creative, and requires a deep interaction with your actors. The director should really leave all of the technical stuff out of the window and focus on creativity and learning "subtext".

Yea, I didn't even know that subtext was a word until I read this book.

Directing Actors by Judith Weston is an excellent read for those of you who are interested in being a great filmmaker. Judith teaches workshops for directors and actors in Los Angeles. Her students include winners and nominees of Academy Awards, Emmys, and film festivals. She has served as consultant on major film and television projects, and independent films too numerous to list.

Reading this book really changed my perspective as a filmmaker and made me realize that directing is really a relationship you build with your actors. It's not simply just telling them what to do and say.

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