The Art of Film Acting: A Guide For Actors and Directors [NOOK Book]

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This guide for actors and directors develops a valid method for training performers to act from their core—whether they are cold reading, auditioning, or performing for film or television. This book teaches actors how to achieve and respond to believable and honest emotions before the camera, and it maintains that the key to a successful performance lies in how the actors relate to one another and to the circumstances. Exercises, including ...

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Overview

This guide for actors and directors develops a valid method for training performers to act from their core—whether they are cold reading, auditioning, or performing for film or television. This book teaches actors how to achieve and respond to believable and honest emotions before the camera, and it maintains that the key to a successful performance lies in how the actors relate to one another and to the circumstances. Exercises, including script examples, throughout the book give readers an easy resource for practicing the principles outlined.

The Art of Film Acting applies a classic stage acting method (Stanislavsky) to the more intimate medium of performing before a camera, teaching readers to experience an emotion rather than to indicate it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I walked into Jeremiah Comey's Studio as green as they get, and he helped me to become100% percent comfortable in front of the camera. I owe him a lot." -Johnny Knoxville, Actor, "The Ringer," "Dukes of Hazzard," "Men in Black II," and Executive Producer of the "Jackass" television series

"Every now and then you will come upon someone who imparts his or her knowledge in such a way that it stays with you, adding layers of depth to your work and increasing your understanding of the complexities of the simple art of acting. Jeremiah Comey's 'The Art of Film Acting'does just that. It is a valuable and in-depth look at acting with a specific focus on film acting."
- Rosa Fernandez, Back Stage West

"Comey has an obvious love and ex-citement about the craft of acting, and this book is a welcome addition to the library of any actor or director in the film industry. There are very practical tools and ideas here that work."
- Nathan Hudson, Indie Slate magazine

"Jeremiah gets you back to a state of innocence that you intuitively understood before you ever started taking acting lessons. His book demystifies the logic and preparation approach used by many acting teachers, at the same time illuminates and simplifies the creative acting process."
Mclloyd Onwubere
Student at The Actors Studio New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136047213
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/31/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 290
  • File size: 431 KB

Meet the Author

Jeremiah Comey is a Hollywood-based acting teacher and a trainer of acting teachers. He has conducted classes and workshops all over the world and in such universities as UCLA. He has acted for both stage and television.

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Table of Contents

Contents Include: Becoming a Great Actor; Stage to Film; The Exercise; Sight Reading; The Art of Concentration; The Art of Not Knowing; Still More on the Art of Not Knowing; The Art of Acceptance; The Art of Giving and Receiving; The Senses; Intuition, Empathy, and Intuition; Stage Acting; Audition; Comedy Material; Conclusion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2009

    The Real Deal

    I have read over 50 books on acting, and this is the one that made the most sense. So much in fact, I decided to join the authors class for a first hand experience. He does exactley what is in the book, which is to teach a duplicatable system, and a process that creates success. -Ken Himmler

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Head Start on Film Acting

    I have only read the first 5 chapters and I can already tell that this book will be extremely useful. It is incredibly easy to understand and reveals to the reader what acting for film truly is and how to excel at it. I love the examples from the author's classes and the references to films--they're very helpful in getting a better understanding of the material. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody looking into film acting who might not be able to afford to take a class just yet, because it will give you a great head start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    I get it !!

    People who read this book from cover to cover will 'get it'. They'll finally understand what it takes to simply act - and to act simply. That's not to say you'll wake up the next day as an award winning actor - but you will have the tools and information necessary to head in the right direction. If you want to get good at acting - get this book - and then you'll 'get it'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    That's Good Stuff!!

    It's a step by step, blow by blow understanding on how the art of film acting is made successful. This Book is Sooo easy to follow you could let your 2nd grader read it and she'll ace the art and bring home many oscars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    Solid, practical advice

    Great book, great advice and a great asset to any film actor's library. This book gives you the tools to really relate to another actor, avoid the pitfalls of traditional theatrical training, and look brilliant on camera. A "must have" for anyone pursuing a career in film or TV acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    A Great Book for Actors and Directors

    This book is a real surprise. It¿s a revolutionary guide for creating a film performance. It should be an eye-opener for everybody ¿ actors, directors, screenwriters, and it could turn out to be the Bible of film acting.

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