Secrets of Screen Acting / Edition 2

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Overview

When it was first published in 1993, Secrets of Screen Acting broke new ground in explaining how acting for the camera is different from acting on stage. Reaction time is altered, physical timing and placement are reconceived, and the proportions of the film frame itself become the measure of all things. In this updated edition, Patrick Tucker explains how digital video introduces yet another secret (and solution): the proportions of the digital frame are different from that of traditional film stock, so that the director must conceptualize each image in terms of this new rectangle. Actors now fit into the frame in a slightlyo make different way. Based on a revolutionary non-Method approach to acting, Secrets of Screen Acting shows what actually works: how an actor, an announcer-anyone working in front of the cameras-gives excellent performances on screen. In this new edition, Patrick Tucker retains the engaging style and useful structure of the first edition while addressing significant changes in current technology, ensuring that this volume will remain an indispensable resource for contemporary students of screen acting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878301775
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/17/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 826,617
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Tucker is an accomplished director of the screen and stage. Since his first professional production in 1968, he has directed more than 200 plays in all forms of theater, from weekly repertory to the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was accepted by the BBC Television Directing program in 1976 and has subsequently directed more than 150 television dramas. He has developed his unique approach to television and film acting as a separate discipline, and he has lectured and taught all over the world.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Screen Versus Stage 3
2 Film Versus Television 19
3 The Frame 31
4 The Camera 43
5 Reactions and Business 55
6 Sound and Vocal Levels 69
7 Typecasting 83
8 Acting 99
9 Auditions 113
10 Rehearsals and Technicals 129
11 Directing Actors for the Screen 139
12 Announcers and the Art of Being Interviewed 149
13 The Shoot 155
14 The Editor and Editing 173
Epilogue 181
The Famous Screen Acting Checklist 183
Acting Exercises 189
Bibliography 201
Biographies 205
Glossary 209
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    Cover to Cover.

    This Book is one of the most well written accounts of what it's like to be involved in a Television/ Movie production. It's not written soley for the actor, either. Mr. Tucker uses easy-to-understand examples, and projects ideas in a language ANYONE can understand. There's no reason this book shouldn't be a part of your collection. For the Entertainers out there I say BUY THIS BOOK! It's truly a worthwhile investment, and it's the book that inspired me to better myself as an entertainer.

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