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.
©2015 Patrick Tucker (P)2015 Patrick Tucker
Absolutely! I like knowing that if I need a refresher, it's right there to listen to again. It's a wealth of information masterfully written and narrated by the best in the business!
David H. Lawrence XVII has a voice that you want to keep listening to. I felt as if I were listening to a personal coach or friend give me advice. It flowed and time sped by.
I would highly recommend this audible book to anyone in the entertainment realm or those seeking to enter. It's comprehensive, concise and very well done all around!
This book goes well beyond the typical screen acting text that either focuses on the business aspects (extremely important, don't get me wrong) of the business or is over simplified fluff about pictures and resumes. This book gets technical iand deep into its examination of the camera, the actor and the visual language of screen acting. It might be a bit of a challenge as an audiobook as there are many references to visual examples in the book. Do get the accompanying PDF. David H. Lawrence XVII, an accomplished actor himself, brings clarity to the text and his narration is top drawer. The great thing about audiobooks is that you can listen at will and the material in the hard copy gets reinforced and even illuminated. This is definitely a book every actor, especially the beginning 'film' actor needs to have in his/her library. The material bears repeated examination and the audiobook version helps make that an easy task.
My suggestion: whether you're transitioning into screen acting from drama school or you've been on your own actor's journey for some time, this book is more than a worthy addition to your library. Having is available as an audiobook just increases its value. So just get both versions and know you've made a good decision.
In a word: comprehensive. All the nuts and bolts, and many valuable insider tips. There are many examples of what to do and what not to do, with at name of the movie and the time stamp. I figured this would just be about acting techniques. It manages to cover pretty much everything. Auditions, etiquette, pre and post production, and it’s done in a way that keeps your attention.
The narration was superb. It felt like David H. Lawrence XVII was giving me a personal seminar. Great pacing, and consistent volume. Never any breath or mouth noises. A real pleasure to listen to.
I’m a writer that is looking to narrate my own books. Not only did I glean plenty of great info for believable voice over work, but from a writer’s point of view, knowing the actor’s process is already changing how I write.
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I already knew this book was an amazing prep for on-camera work because I had read an earlier edition. David H. Lawrence xvii narrates this edition to full effect which kept me engaged and entertained. The pace and inflection of the narration was perfect for absorbing the information. I never thought I would enjoy listening to someone narrate a glossary of terms until now! The book comes with a downloadable set of PDF's helpful for visualizing certain camera shots described in the book. A great read for actors at every stage of their career!
I prefer the audiobook version to the printed version because it is easier for me to access.
The amount of information provided was mind-boggling for a newer actor like myself. I feel very fortunate to have this much information available to me in order to become a better actor.
David H. Lawrence XVII's letter at the end of the book gave me chills. And hope.
Watch. Learn. Apply. Succeed.
Patrick Tucker has provided invaluable experience to actors of all types. He shares his experience and knowledge in a clear-cut, straightforward manner that makes it very easy to understand. David H. Lawrence XVII's narration was fantastic! He delivers the information in a beautiful presentation that is perfectly-paced and makes it a joy for the listener. I am so grateful to have this information available to me. Bravo, Gentlemen!
Information actors need.
This book gives actors an appreciation for all aspects of production. This seems to be the tread that ran through the story I appreciated most.
David has one of those rare voices that makes you want him to keep speaking. Part of this is due to being an actor himself, but I think mostly, it's simply a God-given ability that has been skillfully honed. What a talent!
Since this book is now in my Audible library, I will be listening again!
This book is a rare example of vital, hard won experience gained from decades of working with screen actors, given in a clear, understandable way. If you want a bunch of vague ideas about actor's motivations...this is not your book. If you want solid information about how to come on set and and know what to do to be an actor that "the camera loves," this book is priceless.
David H Lawrence the XVII delivers a narration that is warm, clear, and understandable. The book has a lot of references to the pdf guide and movies where one can observe the exact action being taught. He pulls this off in an engaging way. He was the idea narrator for this work.
As I listened to the differences between performing on stage and on camera, I realized that what I had thought to be true was 180 degrees wrong. Then the book gave me a useful set of tools that took my understanding of on-camera acting to a whole new level. It was revelatory.
This book is a masterclass where one walks away knowing they have been enhanced and will never perform the same again. It is vital for anyone serious about their craft as an actor.
Deep inside knowledge
I never realized how naturally an actor reaches for stage acting, even though the mechanics of the screen are so very different.
His voice is soothing, his cadence fast enough to keep the story moving, but slow enough that I never get lost or left behind. I found him very easy to understand.
I never got bored, but there are many logical breaks if you have limited listening time.
This was an insightful read, well presented.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to David H. Lawrence The Seventeenth Narrate this book. I received this Audiobook Copy, in exchange for an honest review, and to be honest.... This is the first Audiobook review copy I have received that I was actually able to listen to, all the way to the end. Not only did I listen to it, all the way to the end... but I honestly enjoyed every bit of it (Well... almost every bit)
David H. Lawrence The Seventeenth is an excellent narrator. What I enjoyed most, is that he actually connected with me as I listened. I wasn't listening to some guy stuck in a hot sweaty booth, reading words into a microphone in a flat monotone, without understanding what he was reading, or the context and their meaning. While it was clear that he was reading from the pages of a book, he understood what he was reading, and knew how the author intended those words to be read. And he wasn't delivering those words, as if he were reading them from a podium, to an auditorium audience of hundreds.... it was as if he were right here in my living room, sitting in a chair, reading to me... an audience of one
If I told you that there is a glossary at the end of this Audiobook, would I be spoiling anything?
Remember a few paragraphs ago, when I said "I honestly enjoyed every bit of it. (Well... almost every bit)? Well.... the glossary is the bit I didn't enjoy. Not that I don't enjoy glossariess... A glossary is a handy thing to have at your fingertips, when reading a book... you can flip to the back of the book, and look up a word or phrase you are unfamiliar with.... but a glossary in audio format?
Sadly, I have not listened to any other works narrated by David H. Lawrence The Seventeenth. But... I had to start somewhere.... and I'm sure I'll be listening to more his performances soon enough.
I think anyone with an interest in acting on screen, or filmaking in general would benefit from this book. I frequently found myself thinking "Yeah... that makes sense" or "Damm.... I remember making that mistake about fifteen years ago... "
This is the first Audiobook I have listened to, that I actually want to listen to again in the future.... And I KNOW that I will be listening to it again.... several times.... and enjoying every little bit.
(Well except for the "Time Codes" and the Glossary".... did I mention the Time Codes?)
We are all doing the best we can
Top of the list. Best yet.
This book is the best of the books I've listened to because its chock full of detailed information that is seldom (if ever) available to the novice actor. Its a LOT of information but its narrated in such a way as to keep an audience interested.
Secrets of the Pros for Screen Actors
Every actor should listen to this book.
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