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Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Moviemaking (The Applause Acting Series)

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This is definitely invaluable material for anyone who wants to go into film (and in some ways theatre) from all aspects or anyone who’s every wanted a detailed idea of what a makes a film actor a professional. Extremely valuable guidance if you want to get some tips from someone with more working knowledge of the business than almost anyone else around. Concise and clear writing, this is a relatively short read expounding on Michael Caine's experiences with acting on film v. It’s a strange situation, but in film a person is a person, not an actor; and yet you need an actor to play the person.

If anyone is interested in a recommendation, Bobbie O'Steen's The Invisible Cut: How Editors Make Movie Magic seems like a good start, although I'm still reading the first chapter. All this plus an awareness of breath, relaxation, and human psychology will help turn a stumbling film and television actor in a great one. Professionalism and personal advice is covered, as well as more technical advice in acting before the camera, and the differences between acting on stage and acting on camera. I questioned this with the seller and he - Gary from Quantum Leap - assured me there should be no problem.He talks about his role in Alfie and how he understood Alfie but was not like him, so he pictured a friend that was very much like Alfie’s fictional character stood next to the camera and imagined him talking. I was hoping for more insight on techniques in front of the camera - similar to Michael Caine's great acting masterclass from 1987 (I believe), which can be found on YouTube. I bought this book a few years ago when I was cast in my first film role, to prepare me for working on set, to understand how movie making works and what my role would be, what working with other actors and film crew would be like. Most of the acting topics that are covered in the book are explained in more detail in the masterclass.

I had to take breaks (which I attribute to the time I've spent away from reading books as frequently as I used to; it takes more effort than it used to require when I was younger to get through books now), but overall, this was an easy, fun, and insightful read. He is a major Hollywood film star and two-time Academy Award winner with a career spanning over sixty years. A professional killer crying about the loss of innocence and the brutality of human beings, which sends him into a savage rage of anger. So many things kept in the dark brought to light I never thought about in film acting and Caine’s stories, analogies, etc. This book also shows you how acting worked in the 1960's,1970's and beyond, the differences in the way that staff behind the scenes worked, even gender differences and technical advances which changed the way actors worked in the film world.He was insolent, good-humoured and wore thick dark glasses, which was unusual for male leads of the day. I burst with excitement when I got the role and was sweaty and nervous; convinced I was going to blow it - and this book helped me through it.

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