Act Right: A Manual for the On-camera Actor

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Haven Books, 2001 - Drama - 369 pages
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My first day of work as the star of a television movie was a study in what an actor shouldnt do. I wanted to make sure other actors dont go through the same nightmare, said Erin. When youre confident about the technical details, youre free to create as an actor. If you do a brilliant scene but it winds up on the cutting room floor because you dont know how to match, whose fault is it really? One of our goals in writing this book, said Mara, who created and produced the hit BBC series Milford-Haven, was to help actors see what a collaborative business this is. None of us work alone. The more we know about crew members jobs, the more intelligent we can be about our own work. Were tired of actors getting a bad rap for not being professional. The book finishes with a glossary of the code words spoken in the entertainment business, which are presented here as a tongue-in-cheek and yet encyclopedic tome of information. Open the book at random and read a great anecdote or look up an obscure word. But we think you want to read it from cover to cover. Only then will you be able to Act Right.

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Contents

ACTING RIGHT
1
PREPARATION
31
PICTURES RESUMES REELS WEB SITES
58
AUDITIONING
67
SCRIPTS
97
PREPRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION
117
WARDROBE
125
ARRIVING ON SET
147
SOUND
267
STUNT WORK 267
287
DAILIES
301
THE BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS
307
THE INTERNET AND YOU
317
GLOSSARY
327
BIBLIOGRAPHY
349
ERINS BIO
358

CALL SHEET
157
MAKEUP HAIR
169
REHEARSAL
197
SHOOTING
213
MATCHING
255
MARAS BIO
362
STUDENT RADIO DRAMA
363
ACT RIGHT BOOKS SEMINARS
366
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About the author (2001)

Erin Gray was the American publics image of the ideal woman as Kate in Silver Spoons and she redefined our public image of the beauty with brains when her sleek, sophisticated Colonel Wilma became a role model in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." Mara Purl starred as "Darla" in "Days of Our Lives," then created "Milford-Haven USA," the first American radio soap opera broadcast by the BBC where it had 4.5 million listeners. She is the author of five popular Milford-Haven Novels, What The Heart Knows, Closer Than You Think, Child Secrets, Cause and Conscience, and Nobodys Fault.

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