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Directing actors is the hardest thing faced by beginning and experienced directors alike especially when creative differences may send actors to hide in their dressing rooms while precious time and budget dollars are wasted. Here is an inspired and insightful must-read for directors at all levels.
Based on the extensive experiences of veteran director John Badham, as well as no-holds barred out of school tales culled from celebrated top directors and actors like Sydney Pollock, Michael Mann, John Frankenheimer, Mel Gibson James Woods, Jenna Elfman and many more.
Beneath the war stories you’ll find the real nitty gritty truth about how directors and actors manipulate each other in this highly entertaining and instructive book.
What people say
“Most young directors are afraid of actors. They come from film school with a heavy technical background but they don’t know how to deal with an actor. Even many experienced directors barely talk to their actors.”
Director: Nixon, JFK, Natural Born Killers
“Directors have needed a book like this since D.W. Griffith invented the close-up. We directors have to pass along to other directors our hard-learned lessons about actors. Maybe then they won’t have to start from total ignorance like I did, like you did, like we all did.”
Director: The Manchurian Candidate, Grand Prix, Seconds
“Where was this book forty years ago when I started directing?”
Former President, Academy of Motion Pictures & Directors Guild of America