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Acting for Film (Second Edition)

Acting for Film (Second Edition)

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"It will not disappoint . . ." —Ian McKellen, from the Foreword

An Authoritative Training Manual for Film Actors and Teachers

“In today's entertainment industry of buff bodies and beautiful faces, it's easy to think that a couple of sit-ups and high cheek bones can create a movie legend,” writes film veteran Cathy Haase. However, she adds, what the actor really must have are “technique, craft, and a depth of self-knowledge.” In Acting for Film, Second Edition, Haase shows actors how to develop all of these, sharing her secrets (developed through years of on-camera work) for creating characters who come alive and who touch the souls of the audience.

Readers will learn how to apply theatrical training to film acting and hone a personal approach to rendering a character. Acting for Film, Second Edition, is an essential guide for aspiring performers, acting teachers, and anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of the craft. This new edition includes:
  • Advice on dealing with new technology including CGI and motion capture
  • Concentration and relaxation exercises that will enhance facial expressiveness
  • Exploration of sense memory techniques for on-camera work
  • Animal exercises and their usages
  • Tips for maintaining proper eye focus in front of the camera and conveying the “beats” of a scene, even in the shortest takes
For any performer who intends to make a living in front of the camera, Acting for Film, Second Edition, is the most authoritative resource! With Haase’s experience and advice in their pocket, readers will be prepared to land the film role they’ve been dreaming of.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621536642
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 721,588
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cathy Haase has been acting professionally for over 30 years. A faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and a workshop leader for the Actors Studio, she lives in New York City.

Ian McKellen is an Academy Award®-nominated actor and the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Independent Film award, among many others, during his more than half a century on stage and screen. He is beloved by fans worldwide as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He resides in London, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ian McKellen vii

Introduction to Second Edition: The More Things Change … ix

Introduction to the First Edition: Where am I Coming From? xi

Part 1 The Actor 1

Chapter 1 Relaxation and the Art of the Face 3

Chapter 2 Concentration 12

Chapter 3 The Voice and the Breath 24

Chapter 4 Listening 38

Chapter 5 The Skin and the Overall 52

Chapter 6 The Animal Exercise 63

Chapter 7 Substitution: The Camera as Partner 75

Chapter 8 Creating the Space 88

Part 2 The Script and Character Development 103

Chapter 9 The Audition 105

Chapter 10 Reading the Script 122

Chapter 11 Creating the Character 137

Chapter 12 Rehearsals 146

Part 3 The Shoot 161

Chapter 13 VFX and the Wonder of the Image 163

Chapter 14 Big-Budget vs. Low-Budget Films 177

Chapter 15 The First Day on the Set 197

Chapter 16 Hot Set: The Classic Camera Setups 214

Chapter 17 The Rushes and the Finished Film 228

Bibliography 241

Acknowledgments 242

About the Author 243

Index 244

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