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Culled from Tony Barr's 40 years' experience as a performer, director and acting teacher in Hollywood, this highly praised handbook provides readers with the practical knowledge they need when performing in front of the camera.
This updated edition includes plenty of new exercises for honing on-camera skills; additional chapters on imagination and movement; and fresh material on character development, monologues, visual focus, playing comedy and working with directors. Inside tips on the studio system and acting guilds make it particularly helpful for people new to the business, and numerous anecdotes from actors such as Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins and examples from current movies illustrate its many lessons.
It is perfect for acting classes, workshops, all actors who work in front of the camera -- and all those who want to.
‘So clear and informative I read it like a novel. And when I finished it I learned a thing or two.’ - Karl Maldena
‘One of the most helpful, most outstanding books for actors.’ - Eva Marie Sainta
‘The actor searching for practical advice on the technique of acting for film will be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive and inspirational volume.’ - Drama-Logue
‘A first-class book for the beginner and refreshing review for any pro.’ - Los Angeles Times
‘Tony Barr has made [acting] eloquently simple with Acting for the Camera. It is fast reading, easily understood, and beautifully laid out.’ - Ed Asner, from the foreword
Film and Stage - Two Sides of the Same Coin
The Development of Film-Acting Styles
Focus and Concentration
Working on the Role
Facts and Conditions
Learn the Role - Not the Lines
Rhythm and Change
Animation and Inanimate Object Images
The Nonsense Exercise - Unorthodoxy
Comedy and Drama from the Actor's Point of View
Cold Reading and Auditions
Working with the Director
Working from the Outside In - Or Not
In a Nutshell
The Machinery of Film and Tape
Day One on the Set
The Motion Picture Studio and the Soundstage
Some Specifics of Film
Shooting a Scene
The Television Studio
The Multiple-Camera Show
The Film/Tape Career
Beginning Your Career
Film and Television Unions for Actors
Exercises for Acting for the Camera
About the Author
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ISBN: 9780060928193 ISBN-10: 0060928190 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 384 Published: July 1997 Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.4
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2 Edition Type: Revised