Secrets of Screen Acting

  • by Patrick Tucker
  • Narrated by David H. Lawrence XVII
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When it was first published in 1993, Secrets of Screen Acting broke new ground in explaining how acting for the camera is different from acting on stage. Reaction time is altered, physical timing and placement are reconceived, and the proportions of the digital frame itself become the measure of all things, so the director must conceptualize each image in terms of this new rectangle, and actors must "fit" into the frame. Based on a revolutionary, nonmethod approach to acting, this book shows what actually works: how an actor, an announcer - anyone working in front of the cameras - gives excellent performances on screen.
Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there toward the real. His step by step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested screen acting checklist.
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I loved the pragmatical approach to acting, which is something you kinda don’t get to experience when learning acting in academic circles.

The technicalities that Tucker explains are really helpful. Even tough I don’t have much experience on sets, I could look on the minimum work that I have done in the past and was able to observe faults and possible ways of improving my craft after reading this book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in pursuing an acting career!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-07-2015
  • Publisher: Routledge - Taylor and Francis