|Actors Turned Directors: On Eliciting the
Best Performance from an Actor and Other Secrets of Successful Directing
Written by Jon
|If you want to seriously learn something about
acting, this book will help you have a better understanding of what its all about.
It is essential for a film director to know how to work with actors when making a film. Its
something that I dont believe you can only learn by reading, but this book helped me
realize and reestablish some of the little things I must be conscious of when working with
Since the book focuses on interviews with actors who have become directors, you get wisdom right from the people who have done both. Its amazing that ten totally different actors/filmmakers stress the same things that are important for an actor to elicit a good performance.
Writer Jon Stevens does a good job of asking questions that any filmmaker would be
interested in knowing. It would be especially enlightening for those who have never
directed a film yet. He gets answers about what a director should do concerning working
with the screenwriter, casting, rehearsal, working on the set with actors, using the
camera, working with an editor, music composer and marketing the film. Pretty much
everything that is part of directing is discussed. Invaluable.