Acting for the Camera: Revised Edition

Acting for the Camera: Revised Edition

by Tony Barr

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060928193
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/1997
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 226,326
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Tony Barr conducts acting seminars throughout the United States and Canada, and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii(2)
Preface ix(4)
Acknowledgments xiii
ONE ACTING 3(56)
1 Film and Stage--Two Sides of the Same Coin
3(5)
2 The Development of Film-Acting Styles
8(4)
3 The Approach
12(3)
4 Acting Defined
15(4)
5 Listening/Sensing
19(8)
6 The Character
27(5)
7 Focus and Concentration
32(4)
8 Energy
36(4)
9 The Emotions
40(14)
10 Spontaneity
54(5)
TWO WORKING ON THE ROLE 59(38)
11 Preparation
59(10)
12 Facts and Conditions
69(11)
13 Imagination
80(3)
14 Learn the Role--Not the Lines
83(10)
Station Break
93(4)
THREE TOOLS 97(70)
15 Rhythm and Change
97(13)
16 Dynamics
110(3)
17 Movement
113(3)
18 The Need
116(6)
19 Selectivity
122(14)
20 Personalization
136(2)
21 Animate and Inanimate Object Images
138(4)
22 The Nonsense Exercise--Unorthodoxy
142(2)
23 Comedy and Drama from the Actor's Point of View
144(6)
24 Cold Reading and Auditions
150(5)
25 Working with the Director
155(5)
26 Working from the Outside In--Or Not
160(3)
27 In a Nutshell
163(4)
FOUR THE MACHINERY OF FILM AND TAPE 167(100)
28 Day One on the Set
167(2)
29 The Motion Picture Studio and the Soundstage
169(2)
30 Some Specifics of Film
171(21)
31 Shooting a Scene
192(63)
32 The Television Studio
255(3)
33 The Multiple-Camera Show
258(2)
34 Stunts
260(7)
FIVE THE FILM/TAPE CAREER 267(84)
35 Beginning Your Career
267(8)
36 Film and Television Unions for Actors
275(13)
37 The Star
288(8)
38 Exercises for Acting for the Camera
296(55)
Epilogue 351(2)
About the Author 353(2)
Index 355

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