of ACTING in the Motion Picture
Mackin's book is an informed person's
view of the movie business, offering solid, importune and insightful
advice on getting in to one area of the industry. It is anecdote/quote
driven, which is not a bad thing, for it makes the book enjoyable to
read. One of the many strengths of this book, and bear in mind that
this is coming from a New Yorker primarily acquainted with the
Theatrical, Commercial and east coast television industry, is its
palpable west coast flavor. It truly presents a picture of Hollywood
in all its fickleness, shortcomings, cliquishness, hypocrisy, wonder
and lure. It does serve as a guide as well. The author offers
excellent advice. His writing is engaging, lively and informed. If I
were an actor I would buy this book. All actors, whether working or
not, should and probably will buy this book. Film school might
consider offering this book as a textbook for their performance
I recommend buying this book for
publication. It offers fresh insight and concrete advice in a lively,
informative style. This book offers vital and important information.
The quotes and anecdotes personalize the advice and give it extra
punch. I liked it very much. Especially Macklin's parting words in the
Focal Press Publishing's
I could not put this book down once I
opened it. David Macklin has the most engaging and personal writing
style that I have seen in years. I laughed out loud at his
descriptions of his own goofs and gaffs. David has the wonderful
attributes of being impressively informative as well being able to see
the humor in this crazy business. This is THE book for those who want
to learn or simply to enjoy the inside story of how and why movies are
made. It will save you a lot of grief and time in your pursuit of a
career in the movie.
Shyder - Editor (Retired) Every Body's News - An Arts &
Thank you for sending me your
excellent book. I am referring this most interesting and important
material to my granddaughter in New York, who is an aspiring actress.
Steve Allen - Entertainer
Your book is wonderful! I read it on
the plane to London to start a new mega-mini series. You did a
terrific job. It should be a big success.
John Erman - Director of
Roots, Queen, Early Frost, Stella
WESTERN CLIPPINGS #54 July/August 2003
ON THE WESTERN BOOKSHELF
ACTING In The Motion Picture BUSINESS by David Macklin ("Gunpoint" w/Audie Murphy, "Bonanza," "Virginian," "Iron Horse," etc.) is a down to earth book about not
only acting for the camera-- but how to act in the movie business. Certainly designed for aspiring actors, it is nevertheless finding a home as a
basic primer for devotees of the business who simply want to know more about movies than the names of all of John Wayne's horses. Macklin's approach is a
candid, realistic, problem solving and fun compilation of ideas, methods and insights garnered over 40 plus years as an actor and over 15 years as a director
and coach. Macklin offers a terminology glossary, tells you specifically where the work is, explains 'the method', listening, technique, character analyses,
training, habits of professionalism, how the camera sees you, various shots, hitting your marks, memorization, being on location, working with directors, the
production staff, agents and so much more. As Ed McMahon used to loudly profess with Johnny Carson, "Everything--everything you ever wanted to
know about acting -- and the business of acting -- is in this book!" Informative, lively, entertaining.
Boyd Magers - Writer/Publisher
David! I am so impressed by your book. We have all been talking about it
and how a book like this is so needed. It must have taken you years to compile
all this interesting, helpful and entertaining material.
Earl Bellamy - Director
`ACTING IN THE MOTION PICTURE
BUSINESS` is not only an actor's companion, but
a compendium of all that every movie practitioner requires for the
recommend it for `NOLLYWOOD'--the emerging Nigerian movie industry.
Eliel Otote A. - Director of
Studies, ARTS WORKSHOP--Nigerian Movie Industry
David! It all began with you, your
book and classes. The scenes we did led to "The Young and the
Restless". I will always be grateful for what I learned
from you and the fun we had.
Laura Bogart, Actress
Your book is marvelous. It is
insightful and very comprehensive. It's the first book I've read that
covers everything...all the areas of information that an actor should
know with lots of good stuff to work on. Every actor should read this.
It should be used in every acting school or college as a finish to the
course. I am recommending it to all my clients and there is a copy in
my waiting room.
Dale Garrick - Dale Garrick
International Talent Agency
An exceptional and first-rate work. Mr. Macklin has achieved what
authors today have. He's managed to compose a book that is both
AND entertaining. Finally a book about working successfully within the
motion picture industry penned by someone who knows first-hand what
talking about. Mr. Macklin draws on his vast experience within the
television medium to produce a book which no one who is serious about
career in this business will want to be without.
Les Howell - Writer/Producer, Turner Classic Movies
In The Motion Picture BUSINESS is
priceless. It is very informative and fun and productive to read
and practice. After you read this book you feel as though you are
really prepared to start to get somewhere. "Two thumbs up". This is
Criss Russell, Film Maker, Business
Macklin's book is inspiring! It should be in the hands of anyone
who wants to greatly improve their chances of making it in the motion
picture business. It is honest, concise, charismatic and extremely
helpful for any actor who wants to succeed in this business faster and stay there longer.
Ted Charach, Producer/Writer "The Second Gun"
David's book is excellent and very comprehensive. I hope every talent agency tells their
new actors to buy one.
Michael R. Harbert, Professional Screenwriter