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By Marian F. Monta, Jack R. Stanley

If directing dramatic productions pursuits you, this publication is a uncomplicated consultant to teach you recognize to use the foundations of directing to any dramatic medium--stage, tv, or film. The authors, who've labored in all 3 media, illustrated how the rules of 1 medium relate to the opposite .

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The human eye is better and more dynamic than any camera. It constantly changes focus, fixing on one part of the entire visual field and then another. Your eye is constantly cutting to close-ups, extreme closeups, long shots, and so on, faster than you can call the cues in a TV control room or editing suite. Much to the surprise of many beginning film and TV directors, the ideal is not to call attention to any individual shot. The change from one shot to the next, the cut, the dissolve, the wipe, or the fade should be invisible to the audience.

You know the material has worked. It has been more or less successful in the past. Now you need to decide if you like it well enough to spend the time needed to carry it out. You may feel you have something to contribute to the process. Your job is not to slavishly imitate a production you saw on stage, TV, or in a film or to copy one you acted in when you were in high school. Your job is to see the script with a fresh pair of eyes and bring it to life—or back to life. T Analysis You have read the script several times.

You look like a jerk in rehearsals if someone asks a question and you give the wrong answer. You can’t count on the actor necessarily having done all the homework you have done on the production. You could have been working on the script for months before casting. The actors may have had the scripts a day before the first rehearsal. If you are doing Hamlet, be sure you 34 DIRECTING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN know what a bodkin is. Don’t depend on the actor to find out for you. If you don’t know what every line of that script means, you are not ready to start rehearsal.

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