The Power of the Actor


Author: Ivana Chubbuck
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440649967
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 400
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In The Power of the Actor, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, premier acting teacher and coach Ivana Chubbuck reveals her cutting-edge technique, which has launched some of the most successful acting careers in Hollywood. The first book from the instructor who has taught Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry, The Power of the Actor guides you to dynamic and effective results. For many of today’s major talents, the Chubbuck Technique is the leading edge of acting for the twenty-first century. Ivana Chubbuck has developed a curriculum that takes the theories of the acting masters, such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen, to the next step by utilizing inner pain and emotions, not as an end in itself, but rather as a way to drive and win a goal. In addition to the powerful twelve-step process, the book takes well-known scripts, both classic and contemporary, and demonstrates how to precisely apply Chubbuck’s script-analysis process. The Power of the Actor is filled with fascinating and inspiring behind-the-scenes accounts of how noted actors have mastered their craft and have accomplished success in such a difficult and competitive field.

The Power of the Actor

The Chubbuck Technique
Author: Ivana Chubbuck
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592401538
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 388
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A Hollywood coach introduces a twelve-part acting method that has been utilized by some of today's top stars and draws on the traditions of performance masters, sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotes while explaining how to apply her techniques to create genuine characters, disseminate scripts, and audition effectively. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Acting Techniques for Everyday Life

Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult, Real-Life Situations
Author: Jane Robbins
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0786729198
Category: Self-Help
Page: 272
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Most people can name at least one situation—a business presentation, a job interview, a cocktail party, or a blind date—in which they felt uncomfortable, nervous, or simply self-conscious. Jane Marla Robbins, a successful stage and film actress and teacher for almost forty years, found that she could use the same acting techniques she employed to look and feel confident on stage and screen to make herself feel more comfortable in "real-life" situations. In clear and accessible language, Robbins describes acting techniques that actors having been using for centuries and explains—using real-life examples and easy-to-follow exercises—how each can be used by ordinary people to make difficult everyday situations easier to handle. Acting Techniques for Everyday Life will teach readers how to create a sense of well-being and self-confidence at will, giving them the tools they need to be as confident, strong, witty, authentic, relaxed, and happy as they want to be in any given situation.

Improv!

A Handbook for the Actor
Author: Greg Atkins
Publisher: Heinemann Drama
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 143
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This friendly, informative book looks at the reasons many actors hate improvisation, while quietly reinforcing the reasons improv is a vital part of acting and of theatre.

The Intent to Live

Achieving Your True Potential As an Actor
Author: Larry Moss
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553381202
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 358
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The legendary acting coach shares his inspirational philosophy and effective techniques--including case studies, exercises, and professional insights--designed to help actors connect personally with a script, develop a character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibitions, hone technical skills, and more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Acting -- Make It Your Business

How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success As a Working Actor
Author: Paul Russell
Publisher: Back Stage Books
ISBN: 030787527X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 320
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Acting: Make It Your Business, written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and networking strategies, combining traditional techniques with those best suited for the digital age. Well-known actors and powerful agents make cameos throughout, offering newcombers and working professionals alike a clear-eyed, uncensored perspective on survival and advancement within the entertainment industry. "Huorous and witty . . . Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, in New York or anywhere in the world, take note: This is your road map." - Bernard Telsey, casting director (Rent, Sex & The City: The Movie, Wicked) "All the right questions asked and answered . . . and with a generous portion of good humor." - Suzanne Ryan, casting director (Law & Order) "Paul's book made me proud to be a part of the acting community in this business we call 'show.'" - Karen Ziemba, actress, Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner From the Trade Paperback edition.

Truth

personas, needs, and flaws in the art of building actors and creating characters
Author: Susan Batson,Nicole Kidman
Publisher: Rugged Land Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 301
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I first met Susan Batson in New York just a week before I made Peacemaker. We worked together in earnest for two years on Eyes Wide Shut in London and on every film I've done since, wherever they've taken us. This book you hold is called Truth, and that title precisely describes the core of the work Susan Batson and I do together.

Audition

Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
Author: Michael Shurtleff
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802719027
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
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The casting director for Chicago, Pippin, Becket, Gypsy, The Graduate, the Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar tells you how you can find your dream! Absolutely everything an actor needs to know to get the part is here: What to do that moment before, how to use humour; create mystery; how to develop a distinct style; and how to evaluate the place, the relationships and the competition. In fact, Audition is a necessary guide to dealing with all the "auditions" we face in life. This is the bible on the subject.

The Actor's Art and Craft

William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Author: William Esper,Damon Dimarco
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307481146
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 304
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William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Stop Acting, Start Living


Author: Bernard Hiller
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781457517617
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 164
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"Stop Acting Start Living" is the culmination of 35 years of performing and teaching experience. Acting teacher and success coach Bernard Hiller has worked with Jeff Goldblum, LL Cool J, Billy Crystal, Chace Crawford, Michelle Pfeiffer and Emilio Rivera among many others. Bernard discovered Cameron Diaz and coached her for her first big audition for "The Mask" with Jim Carrey, which launched her career. His techniques have helped change the course of lives and careers. There has never been a book available that takes the acting techniques of a Hollywood star-maker, and teaches average people how to become stars in their lives, relationships and careers. Bernard is the only coach who combines acting technique, life coaching and success training in an entirely different and unique way. Because of that Leonardo DiCaprio and other stars recommend him as the premier acting teacher in town. "Stop Acting Start Living" will not only benefit every person that reads it, but will encourage them to change the world in a profound and lasting way. This book teaches people how to wake up their brilliant, creative and powerful selves like never before. It shows them how to connect with their personal powers in a totally new and exciting way. Learning the ways to become a star is easy, and with this book you will have the tools become the star you always wanted to be. This book will teach you how to achieve any dream or goal your heart truly desires. Importantly is how to support yourself with your talents and gifts. Bernard's unique technique has helped established artists and top business people take their careers to the next level resulting in real-life rebirths. With this book you will learn how to connect to your true authentic self in a revolutionary way. First you must discover what is unique and special about you and then develop an effective plan to achieve success. Remember "The Bigger The Dream, The Better The Life."

Book on Acting

Improvisation Technique for the Professional Actor in Film, Theater & Television
Author: Stephen Book
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781879505605
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 629
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Stephen Book is a top Hollywood acting coach and teacher and a theatre director. His students have won Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Obies, and Grammys. Thirteen of his present or former students are featured in either starring roles or as cast regulars in the current primetime television schedule. This book contains film and television scenes in which Book-coached actors, used his Improvisation Technique to create their performances. These scenes, showing the actors' performance choices, demonstrate the use of Improvisation Technique in different genres of acting. Well-known theatre and film scenes are included, as well as scenes from such TV shows as 'Frasier', 'Melrose Place', 'Star Trek: Voyager', 'LA Law' and 'The Practice'.

Sanford Meisner on Acting


Author: Sanford Meisner,Dennis Longwell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307830632
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 272
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Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

A Practical Handbook for the Actor


Author: Melissa Bruder
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307499138
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 112
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This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy, and director Gregory Mosher. A Practical Handbook for the Actor is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book. From the Trade Paperback edition.

How to Get the Part

--without Falling Apart!
Author: Margie Haber,Barbara Babchick
Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company, LLC
ISBN: 9781580650144
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 333
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Haber encourages and leads the reader through the audition process with helpful, humorous examples. Includes script excerpts, celebrity pictures and personal testimonies from today's hottest stars.

Voice And The Actor


Author: Cicely Berry
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0753546922
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 144
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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.

Acting for the Camera

Revised Edition
Author: Tony Barr
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006223756X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 384
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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.

The Actor's Audition Checklist


Author: Doug Warhit
Publisher: Dau Pub.
ISBN: 9780972626286
Category: Acting
Page: 124
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THE PERFECT POCKET SIZE BOOK, NOT ONLY TO PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR AUDITIONS BUT TO TAKE WITH YOU AND FLIP THROUGH WHILE YOU'RE WAITING TO GO INTO READ.

An Acrobat of the Heart

A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski
Author: Stephen Wangh
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307554139
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 384
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"The actor will do, in public, what is considered impossible." When the renowned Polish director Jerzy Grotowski began his 1967 American workshop with these words, his students were stunned. But within four weeks they themselves had experienced the "impossible." In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh reveals how Jerzy Grotowski's physical exercises can open a pathway to the actor's inner creativity. Drawing on Grotowski's insights and on the work of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and others, Wangh bridges the gap between rigorous physical training and practical scene and character technique. Wangh's students give candid descriptions of their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating how to transform these remarkable lessons into a personal journey of artistic growth. Courageous and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is an invaluable resource for actors, directors, and teachers alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.

To the Actor

On the Technique of Acting
Author: Michael Chekov
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1787204332
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 160
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In To the Actor Michael Chekhov has recorded brilliantly the results of his many years of experimenting, testing and verifying in the professional theater and schools of the theater. He brings to actors far greater insight into themselves and the characters they are to portray, which enables them to approach any role with new ease and skill. “To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it. It should prove enlightening to theatergoers who wish to deepen their appreciation for fine acting and thus help to invigorate the theatrical art.”—Gregory Peck “I think without a doubt every creative person in the theater will want to have it as a constant reference book, outside of its being, in my opinion, absorbing and entertaining reading.”—Yul Brynner (from the Preface) “One of the most remarkable and practical books on the technique of acting I have ever read....Enthusiastically recommended to all theatre collections of whatever size.”—Library Journal

Acting in Film

An Actor's Take on Movie Making
Author: Michael Caine
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1476842752
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 192
View: 1975

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(Applause Books). A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies. This revised and expanded edition features great photos, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. "Remarkable material ... A treasure ... I'm not going to be looking at performances quite the same way ... FASCINATING!" Gene Siskel