Actor's Alchemy: Finding the Gold in the Script

Actor's Alchemy: Finding the Gold in the Script

by Bruce Miller


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(Book). An actor's script is both a gold mine, and the map to discovering it: if properly read, a script will reveal its riches to you. Unfortunately, most actors never learn to efficiently read the map, or master how to convert what they find in a script into playable gold. Why? Because this aspect of the acting process is seldom taught in a simple and tangible way in the classroom or studio. Acting can and should be more than guesswork and instinct. Actor's Alchemy: Finding the Gold in Your Script examines the relationship between the script and what an actor ultimately does on the stage or on screen. Here is a straightforward guide filled with useful information to help actors learn to use their scripts in a specific and analytical way to solve the problems of the scene and bring their elusive characters to life. In learning how to decipher the script, actors will be equipped to make the choices that lead to delivering a gold performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879103835
Publisher: Limelight Editions
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Acting on the Script 1

2 Mining for Physical Action 13

3 Digging for the Story 23

4 Collecting the Story Pieces 33

5 Sifting for Character 45

6 Reading the Map-Script to Gold 63

7 Following the Map-Conflict to Objectives 73

8 Objective Playing-Tool Number One 97

9 M-Ore on Objectives 109

10 Finding the Smaller Nuggets 125

11 Analysis, Action, and Listening for Gold 137

12 Processing the Gold-A Review 149

13 Assaying the Gold 163

Acknowledgments 165

Glossary of Acting Terms 167

Bibliography 187

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