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Contents

of ACTING in the Motion Picture BUSINESS

FOREWORD  
PREFACE  
GLOSSARY  
PART ONE
GOING FOR IT!
CHAPTER ONE
Where the Work Is
11
   

CHAPTER TWO
Ways to Realism

18
Early Theater 12
The Birth of an Art Form 20
A Method 24
Empathy 29
The Art of Technique 30
Business and Behavior 36
Listening with All the Senses 37
Imagination 39
Using Images 40
Sense Memory 42
Crying on Cue 43
Playing Drunk 44
The "Love" Scene 45
   
CHAPTER THREE
Text and Character Analysis
 
48
CHAPTER FOUR
Training
 
53

CHAPTER FIVE
The Habits of Professionalism

58
The Habit of Persistence 59
Symptoms of a Lack of Persistence 60
Concentration 60
Handling Stress and Anxiety 62
Exercises 64
   
PART TWO
THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS

CHAPTER SIX
Cinema Technique

65
As the Camera Sees You 69
Shot Illustrations and Photos 70
Moving in the Movies 85
Hitting Marks 87
   
CHAPTER SEVEN
The "Cold" or Performance Reading
90
   
CHAPTER EIGHT
Memorizing
94
   
CHAPTER NINE
Motion Picture Terms
99
   
CHAPTER TEN
On the Shoot
112
On the Set 112
On Location 114
   

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Venues for Actors

116
Acting in Comedy 116
Commercials 122
Voice Over 124
Multiple Camera Shows 125
Theater and Showcases 127
The Movie Musical 131
   

CHAPTER TWELVE
The Team

134
Working With the Screen Director 134
The Screenwriter and the Screenplay 143
The Production Staff 150
Music Scoring 154
The Camera Crew 155
The Lighting Crew 157
The Sound Crew 158
Visual and Special Effects 160
The Stage Crew 162
Wardrobe and Costume Design 164
Make Up 165
Film Editors 166
Stunt People 167
Wranglers 173
Trainers 174
Still Photographers 174
   

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Stars and Character Actors

178
The Star 178
The Character and Personality Actors 188
   
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Promoting Your Product
192
   

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Your Team

195
The Agent 195
Personal Managers 199
Entertainment Attorneys 203
The Fan and the Fan Club 203
   
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
The Casting Director
206
   
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Type Casting
209
   
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
Playing Controversial Roles
213
   
CHAPTER NINETEEN
The Unions
217
   
CHAPTER TWENTY
Coming Attractions
224
   
APPENDIX  
A Sample Movie Script 232
A Low Budget 237
A Sample Resume 239
A Sample Biography 241
A Sample Composite 243
A Sample Story Board 245
The Steady Cam 247
The Movie Projector 248

 

 

2002-2007, David Macklin