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“I Am Acting”

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Typically, the actor considers himself or herself “an artist who possesses a mysterious artistic gift setting him apart from all other people. Possessing this gift, he should be free from control by outsiders who lack it. The gift...

Timelines—When to Start and What to Do Before Jumping in

Hester Schell

Hester Schell is a recovering academic, award-winning director, master acting teacher and author. Hester has been either in front of the camera or part of a crew, on stage or directing for over 45 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Casting Revealed : A Guide for Film Directors

Focal Press, 2017

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... What to Do Before Jumping in y funniest thing is tha t all the things ever “The ough, I thought I co uld shortcut, director goes thr around those issues .” but there was no ge tting —George Cloone y Announcements, Auditions, Callbacks...

The Second Round—Callbacks

Hester Schell

Hester Schell is a recovering academic, award-winning director, master acting teacher and author. Hester has been either in front of the camera or part of a crew, on stage or directing for over 45 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Casting Revealed : A Guide for Film Directors

Focal Press, 2017

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... tmosphere that seem s “All I try to do is cr eate an a ble enough, that it r emoves tension and comforta ehavior ryone feels free. If th ey feel free then b eve en, and that’s what ts happ happens, small mom en ultimately works th e...

Outstanding

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Structurally speaking, the central problem virtuosity must resolve is perceivable elevation. Virtuosic display must rise above the emotional, tonal, gestural, and figurative plane of all else that is going on within the embedding...

Virtuosic Play-Within-Play

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...A performer is sometimes called upon to present a virtuosic fakery, that is, a characterological falseness that boldly, spectacularly does not pretend to be anything else. A virtuosic lie:Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl (David Fincher, Twentieth...

Virtuosic Silence

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In Stage Fright, the diegetic Charlotte Inwood is one fine performer yet she cannot hold a candle to the great Marlene Dietrich—the Marlene Dietrich we see in the other parts of this film, and in such films as The Blue Angel (1930), Blonde...

The Cast

The SHORT! Guide to Producing : The Practical Essentials of Producing Short Films

Routledge, 2018

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... The Cast T he Producer’s Role in Casting O f all the many roles that the director must play in a production, none is more important than helping actors deliver a compelling performance on-screen. An effective actor/director...

Introduction

Dave Kost

Dave Kost is a prolific filmmaker and accomplished educator. He has written, directed, and acted in numerous award-winning short films. He is a professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where he has teaches filmmaking, directing, and acting, and created educational materials used around the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Book of Sides II: Original, Two-Page Scenes for Actors and Directors

Routledge, 2017

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... The introduction to the first Book of Sides focused on using that book in scenework with the particular aim of utilizing the short length of the scenes to focus more narrowly on one par- ticular aspect of performance at a time. From...

Virtuosity and “the Virtuoso”

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Writing in 1976 about the proxemics of advertising, especially about the signaling role of the body in its many constructed poses in advertising photography, Erving Goffman meditates on sign-giving in general:Christopher Reeve in Deathtrap...

A Brief History of the Virtuosic Moment

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Writing about the hand in culture, Frank Wilson reflects on prodigy: “Musical skill provides the clearest example and the cleanest proof of the existence of a whole class of self-defined, personally distinctive motor skills with an extended...