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Acting for the Camera - Tony Barr

Acting for the Camera

By: Tony Barr, Ed Asner (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: July 1997
ISBN: 9780060928193
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

Industry Reviews

‘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 Coinp. 3
The Development of Film-Acting Stylesp. 8
The Approachp. 12
Acting Definedp. 15
Listening/Sensingp. 19
The Characterp. 27
Focus and Concentrationp. 32
Energyp. 36
The Emotionsp. 40
Spontaneityp. 54
Working on the Role
Preparationp. 59
Facts and Conditionsp. 69
Imaginationp. 80
Learn the Role - Not the Linesp. 83
Station Breakp. 93
Rhythm and Changep. 97
Dynamicsp. 110
Movementp. 113
The Needp. 116
Selectivityp. 122
Personalizationp. 136
Animation and Inanimate Object Imagesp. 138
The Nonsense Exercise - Unorthodoxyp. 142
Comedy and Drama from the Actor's Point of Viewp. 144
Cold Reading and Auditionsp. 150
Working with the Directorp. 155
Working from the Outside In - Or Notp. 160
In a Nutshellp. 163
The Machinery of Film and Tape
Day One on the Setp. 167
The Motion Picture Studio and the Soundstagep. 169
Some Specifics of Filmp. 171
Shooting a Scenep. 192
The Television Studiop. 255
The Multiple-Camera Showp. 258
Stuntsp. 260
The Film/Tape Career
Beginning Your Careerp. 267
Film and Television Unions for Actorsp. 275
The Starp. 288
Exercises for Acting for the Camerap. 296
Epiloguep. 351
About the Authorp. 353
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780060928193
ISBN-10: 0060928190
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised