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Notes on Directing [NOOK Book]


More than a how-to book, this classic guidebook to the director's craft is a tool for those looking to translate the page to the stage—or to the screen—and is of immense value to actors, writers, students, and teachers. Essential for any student of theater or film, here is what all directors need to know—and what every actor, scriptwriter, and audience member wants them to know. It includes four appendices, an original acting exercise, a recommended reading list, and a...
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More than a how-to book, this classic guidebook to the director's craft is a tool for those looking to translate the page to the stage—or to the screen—and is of immense value to actors, writers, students, and teachers. Essential for any student of theater or film, here is what all directors need to know—and what every actor, scriptwriter, and audience member wants them to know. It includes four appendices, an original acting exercise, a recommended reading list, and a helpful index.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE magazine
The most sensible and practical work on directing on the bookshelf. One cannot help but ask, 'Why didn't I think of that?' or 'Where was this book when I started my career?' This book has such wonderful insights it will benefit anyone interested in directing or play going in general. Summing up: Essential."
Sophisticated... terrific... full of surprising interests and quirky delights... like sitting down for sherry with a slightly dotty, rather wicked and very droll Oxford don.
provocative...witty...refreshing. The authors are erudite but never pretentious; their shared point of view is supremely humane; their prose has a lucidity, even elegance, that is unknown among contemporary American how-to books.
Library Journal
In the late 1980s, Hauser, former director of the Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, U.K., gave his original "notes on directing" to then-apprentice Reich, now a writer and creative director. This volume collects Hauser's wisdom and experience and is supplemented by Reich's observations of Hauser at work. Sprinkled throughout are highly useful bits of advice from some of the greatest playwrights, directors, and actors of the 20th century, including Alec Guiness, Richard Burton, and Kevin Spacey. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking look at the directing process "intended to be used not simply as a `how to,' but as a tool." Read straight through, it roughly follows the rehearsal process, "addressing a director's concerns in the general order they are likely to arise." The notes are numbered, and some provide cross references, allowing the reader to pursue a theme from point to point within the process. An index provides references to specific concerns, and appendixes include exercises for actors and an annotated list of suggested readings. Equally insightful for directors and actors, whether experienced or novice, this slim volume is essential for all performing arts/theater collections-and it's endorsed by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The Barnes & Noble Review
Understanding that the art of directing is the art of getting the best out of people, veterans Hauser and Reich have subtitled their Notes on Directing "130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director's Chair." Some of my favorites: Introduce bad news with "and" not "but." That is, "The costume looks great, and when you keep your hat up, we can see your gorgeous face." Anger is always preceded by pain. "When an actor jumps to angry choices, look back together for the moment when the hurt occurs because that is what is more important -- and more interesting." Every Object Tells (quoting Romulus Linney): "Everything on the set should be used up, burned up, blown up, destroyed, or otherwise completely chemically altered over the course of the story or else it didn't belong there to begin with." And one that could be a mantra for every overburdened parent: Assume that everyone is in a permanent state of catatonic terror. "This will help you approach the impossible state of infinite patience and benevolence that actors and others expect of you." Full of clear-headed advice, this slender volume communicates more than a shelf of self-help books. What words speak more directly to human drama -- whether on the stage or in the bedroom -- than #65 and #70: Never, NEVER bully... and Please, PLEASE be decisive? --Sheri Holman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972425520
  • Publisher: RCR Creative Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Notes On Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,133,473
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Hauser, now deceased, formed the Meadow Players at Oxford University in 1956 and served as Director of Productions at the Oxford Playhouse for seventeen years, during which many of his productions were seen in London and New York. In 1968 he received the award of Commander of the British Empire (CBE), one of the most prestigious honors granted by the queen. Russell Reich is a creative director and lives in New York. He served as visiting artist in residence at Harvard University and artistic associate at the Circle Repertory Company in New York, and was a member of the Circle Rep Directors Lab.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Notes on Directing
More Notes on Notes on Directing
Understanding the Script
The Director's Role
First Read-Through
Rehearsal Rules
Building Blocks
Talking to Actors
Getting a Laugh
Elements of Staging
Last Tips
Appendix I: The What Game
Appendix II: Friends & Enemies
Appendix III: Simplicity, Variety, and Clarity
Appendix IV: Meaning It
Appendix V: Recommended Reading
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    All gold, no rocks

    I felt compeled to respond to the book, Notes on Directing. I cannot imagine a goldmine that is all gold nuggets and no rock but that is exactly what this book is. Though I have been a director for many years, I found Notes on Directing to be absolutely stuffed with priceless information, tips and techniques that I cannot wait to put into practice. When I found a tip that I had already been using (which fortunately was pretty frequent), I felt validated in my own techniques. As far as I'm concerned, Notes on Directing should be treated as scripture by anyone interested in mounting a production. Multiple bravos! I will cherish this book and read it again and again.

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