ACTING in the Motion Picture BUSINESS
BY DAVID MACKLIN
As the title suggests, this complete,
eclectic, personal book is not just about the art of acting in the
motion pictures--although that is its main thrust--rather it includes
a wealth of information and instruction from many sources other than
myself, about all aspects and all the people who work together as a
team to make a motion picture.
I believe and have learned by
experience, in over 200 TV shows and features, mostly starring, guest
starring and co-starring, that anyone who aspires to an acting career
in this art/business of Motion Pictures would be wise to know and
appreciate the part that other members of the team play in
making a movie. If an actor wants to grow and survive in this
incredibly beautiful but often ugly art/business, he or she would be
wise to learn and appreciate as much as possible about what the others
do, especially the director and the cinematographer. The vast majority
of motion pictures acting careers do not last forever. Movie actors
should have something else in their bag that they can pull out and use in other areas if and when the acting roles dry up. Many actors,
who have taken advantage of their position, instead of sitting around
rapping with other actors (although some of that is needed) during
dead time, have studied and asked questions of the personable
director and camera man when the opportunity arose. When the actor
shows that he appreciates and knows what other members of The Team
do, he will--as Bette Davis said--get it all back in spades!
This book contains a lot of what I
know now and didn't know then and includes input and quotes from
scores of exceptional members of the Motion Picture Industry.
A consensus of important members of
the industry, book reviewers and students is that ACTING in the
Motion Picture BUSINESS is candid, realistic, encompassing,
informative, inspiring, charismatic, and a whole lot of fun to
read and to practice.
The book contains scores of original
illustrations, charts, graphs, and unique and virtually unobtainable
photos--color and black & white.
It is quality computer printed on
photo stock paper. It contains over 250 large 8.5" by 11" pages
packed with valid, impelling information needed by anyone who wants a
career as a motion picture actor or anyone who simply loves the
The book is spiral bound and is able
to take any updates, new ideas and information which I plan to send
over the net to anyone who buys the book. The cover and back are
re-enforced and covered by a clear plastic overlay. It is in color and
black and white. It is a custom, partly handmade production by
myself with a little help from my friends.
If desired I will personally inscribe
The cost of this limited edition is
$29.99 plus postage (actual expense). Checks, money orders and credit
accepted. Click on the link below to order.
Satisfaction is guaranteed. If you
don't like the book (but I am confident that you will), return it in
good condition and I will refund the price of the book.
Two publishers wanted to do this book:
Focal Press and Players Press. Because of a loss
of creative control and ridiculous royalties, I have decided
to do it myself on the Internet in an attempt to help actors and
inform movie lovers in my own way. As corny as the
following may sound it is the truth: This book is "a labor of love"
and because of the quality of this publication I will never break even on
it. My reward is the knowledge that I may help some actors and
entertain and enlighten some aficionados of the media.