Acting for the Camera: Revised Edition

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Harper Collins, Aug 21, 2012 - Performing Arts - 384 pages
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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.

 

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I was lucky enough to study briefly at Tony Barr's studio. I liked him a lot. He had a very direct approach for teaching film acting. I still use his book as a teaching guide for students. An astute man, he mad the process accessible but never empty. Read full review

Contents

Personalization
Animate and Inanimate Object Images
The Nonsense ExerciseUnorthodoxy
Comedy and Drama from the Actors Point of View 144
Cold Reading and Auditions
Working with the Director
Working from the Outside InOr
In a Nutshell

Energy
The Emotions
Spontaneity
Working on the Role
Preparation
Facts and Conditions
Imagination
Learn the RoleNot the Lines
Station Break
Tools
Rhythm and Change
Dynamics
Movement
The Need
Selectivity
The Machinery of Film and Tape
Day One on the
The Motion Picture Studio and the Soundstage
Some Specifics of Film
Shooting a Scene
The Television Studio
The MultipleCamera Show
Stunts
The FilmTape Career
Beginning Your Career
Film and Television Unions for Actors
The Star
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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

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