Australian actors are now taking their place on the international stage, becoming regulars among the nominees and winners of major international acting awards. They are famously indifferent to the honing of their skills outside of the actual workplace... this book is a response to a nagging feeling Ive had for many years that Australian actors are making it up as they go along... (Terence Crawford). So what is it about the approach, technique and focus of the Australian actor that has the entertainment worlds favour and respect? How do our best actors do what they do? 'Trade Secrets' is a fascinating examination of the acting processes of fourteen of Australias finest actors and will feature interviews with: Paula Arundell, Bille Brown, Helen Buday, Joel Edgerton, Judi Farr, John Gaden, Paul Goddard, Robert Grubb, Wendy Hughes, Heather Mitchell, Sean O'Shea, Pamela Rabe, Geoffrey Rush and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell. Each chapter gives an overview of the actors life, training, inspiration and reputation followed by an extensive interview with them about their craft and how they approach it.
The Australian Script Centre promotes and distributes some of Australia's best performace writing to a variety of markets. This collection profiles the best scripts from the 2005-6 program. It includes major prize winners, critical and popular successes and yet to be produced gems.
'If you're working with Nancy Bishop you know you're in good, accomplished hands, whether you're a director or an actor.' ? Neil Burger, Director of The Illusionist Auditioning for Film and Television is a must-have book and video guide for actors, written from the perspective of a Casting Director and offering practical advice on audition technique, scene analysis, online casting and social media. Auditioning for Film and Television is a practical workbook written from a casting director's point of view that teaches actors the craft of film auditioning in front of the camera. It shows actors how to use today's internet technologies to advance their careers and features success strategies and actual exercises to achieve results in the casting studio. A new edition of the popular Secrets from the Casting Couch, and now including video, Auditioning for Film and Television includes commentary, analysis and questions in workbook form for scenes from many celebrated films; exercises for actors to practise in front of a camera; and advice on career advancement and marketing in the age of social media.
This book will help you take control of the business side of your creative career. By learning how to build your brand, target your buyers, create content that showcases you best, and pitch like the rockstar you are, you'll build a fulfilling career (wherever you live) that helps rocket you to the next tier.
How I Slept My Way to the Middle winningly combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers with fan favorites and Kevin’s own thoughts about how he made it. He turned down his first invitation to do stand-up on The Tonight Show because he knew that he’d make a bigger impact if he sat on the couch next to Johnny. That huge risk—which paid off in spades—was just the beginning. Find out how he brought John Belushi to his knees, tortured Paul Reiser (twice), bamboozled Larry King, stole Alan Arkin’s soul, almost killed Warren Beatty, and sucked face with Robert DeNiro’s girlfriend. Now a new media entrepreneur, he’s laughing proof that if you follow your gut and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want—except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%.
Stanislavski or Lecoq? Laban or Meisner? Its all a bit intimidating. But if you're really serious about being an actor, you have to start somewhere. This is the first comprehensive look at acting from an Australian perspective. Crawford takes a fresh approach to acting based on eight Dimensions of performance.
There is a sense that permeates most acting classes which promotes the idea that acting is hard and you need to do a bunch of traditional steps if you're ever going to get anywhere. The flame of this concept is kept lit for two reasons. One is tradition. Successful actors and teachers in our theatrical history supposedly believed in or espoused such ideas and two; it is easier for teachers and actors to follow a path that is well worn. Actors feel intimidated to challenge the ideas and teachings of past masters. But isn't that exactly how every field of endeavor evolves? Think of where we'd be in science or medicine or sports if no one questioned past methods or tried to discover new ones. This book will show you an approach that is direct and to the point, an approach that will be far easier to remember and utilize. We'll use real life. We call it acting only because people are watching. "If you're an actor, this book will restore your sanity." Steven Pressfield, Author: The War of Art, Turning Pro, The Legend of Bagger Vance
For screen actors who need a no-nonsense method for creating exceptional performances for all types of roles, in all genres, in the real-world of working and auditioning in film and television. The Science of On-Camera Acting challenges classic and contemporary acting approaches through an examination of the camera's unique perspective and what neuroscience now tells us about how our brains actually work. Featuring exclusive insights from one of the most influential psychologists of the past century, Dr. Paul Ekman, this unique, streamlined, science-based approach offers mastery of naturalism, comedy, and complex character work in the short time actors have to prepare for auditions and bookings. At the same time, these techniques keep actors out of their heads and grounded in impulse and inspiration while still delivering in a highly competitive field. Many well-intended books and approaches geared toward actors misappropriate science and use pop psychology to validate their teachings. The Science of On-Camera Acting is a groundbreaking approach that offers a comprehensive, scientifically demonstrable path for actors to access their deep reservoirs of creativity and talent. Read this book to learn a method that surpasses theory and actually works.
Voice and the Actor is the first classic work by Cicely Berry, Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and world-famous voice teacher. Encapsulating her renowned method of teaching voice production, the exercises in this straightforward, no-nonsense guide will develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control - without which no actor or speaker can achieve their full potential. Illustrated with passages used in Cicely Berry's own teaching, Voice and the Actor is the essential first step towards speaking a text with truth and meaning. Inspiring and practical, her words will be a revelation for beginner and professional alike.
Get Ahead, Gain Influence, Get What You Want Office politics are an unavoidable fact of life in every workplace. To accomplish your personal and business goals, you must learn to successfully play the political game in your organization. Whether you are a new player or a seasoned veteran, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics can help you increase your personal power without compromising your integrity or taking advantage of others. This smart, practical guide shows you how to stop wasting energy on things you can't change and start taking steps to get what you want. Written by an organizational psychologist and corporate consultant, Marie G. McIntyre's Secrets to Winning at Office Politics uses real-life examples of political winners and losers to illustrate the behaviors that contribute to success or failure at work. You will be shown techniques for managing your boss more effectively, improving your influence skills, changing the way you are perceived, and dealing with difficult people. Using these proven strategies for political success, you will then be able to create a Political Game Plan that outlines the steps necessary to accomplish your own individual goals.
When it was first published in 1993, Secrets of Screen Acting broke new ground in explaining how acting for the camera is different from acting on stage. Reaction time is altered, physical timing and placement are reconceived, and the proportions of the digital frame itself become the measure of all things, so the director must conceptualize each image in terms of this new rectangle and actors must 'fit' into the frame. Based on a revolutionary non-Method approach to acting, this book shows what actually works: how an actor, an announcer--anyone working in front of the cameras--gives excellent performances on screen. Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there towards the real. His step-by-step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested Screen Acting Checklist. As well as being completely updated to cover new techniques, film references and insights, this third edition now includes a set of Film Clip Time Codes for each film. These not only itemise the films discussed in each chapter, but also pinpoint the precise moments where each example can be found so that students, teachers, and professional actors can refer to them quickly and easily.
This book is the first of its kind in the world. It took 7 years to comprehensively put together an informative manual that covers every aspect or situation that an Emcee / MC might find themselves in; whether that is a corporate business or social occasion. Ron Tacchi and Peter L. Miller have co-authored Up Front In Control which reveals the trade secrets of great MCs. Divided into three sections, The Job, The Rules and The Business, Up Front In Control is a thorough and complete, easy to use guide to every conceivable aspect of emceeing. Well written, well indexed and clearly presented, each chapter in this work is interspersed with succinct sub-headings and highlighted quotes as well as a chapter summary in point form to conclude. The twelve chapters cover preparation, humour, how to deal with hecklers, acting techniques to make you calm & cool, on & off stage, the difference between a Compere and an MC, personal style including grooming, fancy dress & your voice, marketing your services as a professional MC, acknowledging & Thank yous, the rise of female MCs, introducing speakers, proposing a toast, presenting gifts, award nights, outdoor events, fashion parades and retail promotions. There are also helpful templates that accelerate the entire process and get you onto the stage without too much legwork. Filled with tips, hands-on strategies, suggestions, short cuts, humorous cartoons, practical checklists and samples, all delivered in a knowledgeable, friendly manner, UP Up Front In Control is essential reading for anyone in the diverse and growing business of public presentations.
If there is one skill that separates the professional screenwriter from the amateur, it is the ability to rewrite successfully. From Jack Epps, Jr., the screenwriter of Top Gun, Dick Tracy, and The Secret of My Success, comes a comprehensive guide that explores the many layers of rewriting. In Screenwriting is Rewriting, Epps provides a practical and tested approach to organizing notes, creating a game plan, and executing a series of focused passes that address the story, character, theme, structure, and plot issues. Included are sample notes, game plans, and beat sheets from Epps' work on films such as Sister Act and Turner and Hooch. Also featured are exclusive interviews with Academy Award® winning screenwriters Robert Towne (Chinatown) and Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon), along with Academy Award® nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).
Each year, hundreds of aspiring and experienced actors head to LA hoping to make it big in Hollywood. While many of them have their acting chops in shape, few realize what it actually takes to survive in Tinseltown. Even if they happen to make it onto a set, many are clueless about what’s expected of them and how they should behave. Acting in LA: How to Become a Working Actor in Hollywood is exactly what these actors need: a handbook to arriving, surviving, and thriving on- and off-set in LA. Written by veteran Hollywood actor, acting coach, and acting teacher Kristina Sexton, this comprehensive guide takes no prisoners. With just enough snark to keep readers entertained—and on their toes—Acting in LA delivers solid advice on such topics as: Headshots, resumes, and reels How to find your “image” and market it The SAG/AFTRA debate Networking Agents and managers The importance of creating your own opportunities Maintaining a life outside of acting Setiquette On-set terminology And much more A comprehensive guide that can be utilized by actors either inside or outside Hollywood, Acting in LA relies on Kristina’s real-life experience as a working actress and exposes the pleasures, pitfalls, and practicalities of pursuing a career in acting.
Peter Brook is the most consistently innovative director in Western theatre. In these three essays he returns to the concept of his first book The Empty Space and examines what that means for the life of a production. How can a company establish its own "empty space" - a rehearsal and performance environment which will encourage the actors to abandon the security of the hackneyed and release their true creativity? The potency of Brook's writing lies in his ability invest general truths with fresh vigour and to be as simple as he is profound.
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George Smiley, an agent at the very highest level of British Intelligence, enters the twilight world of espionage and his own past when he is assigned to discover which of his four closest colleagues is a double agent.
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