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Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre
Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre

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Product Code: 11262


By Lenore DeKoven

This approach, honed after years of on-set experience and from teaching at UCLA, NYU, and Columbia, and endorsed by many in the industry, including director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and producer/actor Edward Asner, aims to provide a helpful reference and resource for directors and actors alike. It combines underlying theory with dozens of exercises designed to reveal the actor's craft.

There is material on constructing the throughline; analyzing the script; character needs; the casting and rehearsal processes; film vs. theater procedures as well as the actor and the camera. Distilling difficult concepts and a complex task to their simplest form, the author explains how to accurately capture and portray human behavior. The author's discussion of creative problems she has encountered or anticipated after years of experience, and her suggested solutions and exercises, are immediately useful. Additionally, hear what the actors have to say in excerpts from interviews with such acclaimed actors as Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Glenn Close, Robert Redford, Christopher Walken, Julianne Moore, and Michael Douglas (to name a few) who discuss their work with directors, what inspires them, and what they really want from the director.


  1. Introduction
  2. The Actor and Training
  3. The Actor's Vocabulary
  4. The Text and the Throughline
  5. Anaylsis of Script
  6. The Character Outline
  7. The Casting Process
  8. The Rehearsal Process
  9. The Actor and the Camera
  10. Film and Theatre: Differences and Similarities
  11. What do the Actors Say?
  12. Tips to the Director
  13. Appx: Additional Exercises for Workshop or Class
  14. Appx: Suggested Reading and Viewing

Additional Info
    • Publisher: Focal Press
    • Page Count: 216
    • ISBN#: 240806646