Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in Building Actors and Creating Characters

Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in Building Actors and Creating Characters

by Susan Batson
     
 

Like all great performers, Nicole Kidman approached her role in The Hours as a creative collaboration. Kidman knew that portraying Virginia Woolf on screen required a truth that she as the actor and Wolff as the character shared. Enter acting "alchemist" and "technician of the spirit" (The New Yorker) Susan Batson. Batson's process gave Kidman the tools to find that… See more details below

Overview

Like all great performers, Nicole Kidman approached her role in The Hours as a creative collaboration. Kidman knew that portraying Virginia Woolf on screen required a truth that she as the actor and Wolff as the character shared. Enter acting "alchemist" and "technician of the spirit" (The New Yorker) Susan Batson. Batson's process gave Kidman the tools to find that truth and honed her performance from the inside out. She won an Oscar� for her work.

In Truth, the most sought after acting guru in Hollywood and on Broadway distills her half century's experience as an actor, teacher, and personal coach into a step by step process for creating a character from first read�through to final performance.

Debunking a century's worth of myths about "method acting," Batson identifies the unifying forces of Need, Public Persona, and Tragic Flaw to unite the actor with his or her character. Need is the primal, unfulfilled desire that a character's Public Persona hides. Tragic Flaw is the confrontational dramatic behavior that erupts when the character's Need and Public Persona clash. Truth shows how actively defining and understanding these three principals leads to the most truthful performances possible.

A must-read for beginning actors, a wake-up call for working actors, and an indispensable reference for writers, Truth reveals the inner game of telling stories and creating vivid, three�dimensional life out of words.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590710531
Publisher:
Rugged Land, LLC
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction   Nicole Kidman
Prologue
The Need, Public Persona, and Tragic Flaw
The Circle     01
The Face     09
The Public Persona     13
The Need     17
The Tragic Flaw     21
The Actor
The Instrument     32
Child's Play     45
The Journey of the Need     51
Sense Memory     75
Personalization     85
The Sensory Condition     95
The Fourth Wall     101
Objects: Lost and Found     115
The Private Moment     121
The Character
The Character History     131
The Character Private Moment     143
The Character Phone Call     151
The Animal     159
Place of Defeat     169
The Character Interview     179
The Script
The "Classic CS"     193
The Script Breakdown     207
The Sides     215
The Life
On Improvisation     233
The Real World     237
Gold Dust     245
Ex-Er Actor     257

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