ACTION! Professional Acting for Film and Television

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In Action!, Peabody and multiple Emmy award-winning producer and leading teacher of acting Robert Benedetti offers a practical, detailed and clearly structured approach to the fundamentals of acting for the camera. The first part of the book is a step-by-step guide to how an actor fits into the process of shooting a film or television show. The second part describes how to prepare yourself for any role through detailed instructions for creating the inner life of a character.

Benedetti's analysis of sample scenes, such as Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and the sitcom Cheers, helps readers become experts and complete naturals in front of a camera.

The book features:

How acting for the camera is different from acting on stage

Complete coverage on how to start an acting career in film or television

All major film production personnel, terms and forms

Detailed discussion of self-training for the camera

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Preface

When I wrote the first edition of The Actor at Work thirty years ago, I was teaching at Carnegie-Mellon University. Despite our frequent collaboration with public television station WQED, it never occurred to any of us to offer formal classes in acting for the camera. The situation was the same when I became Chairman of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School. Even later, when I moved to the California Institute of the Arts as Dean of the School of Theatre, we offered no courses in film acting, despite the fact that our students frequently acted in films made by students of the School of Film/Video. As far as I know, not one of the burgeoning professional actor training programs of the sixties and seventies offered significant actor training for the camera; we all dreamt of the rosy future of repertory theatre in America and disdained training for the "commercial" world of film and television.

By the late eighties, the retrenchment of the American repertory theatre movement had greatly reduced the opportunities for stage actors in America. At the same time, the expansion of television and film production drew more and more actors away from the stage. One by one, most of the wonderful repertory theatre actors with whom I had worked in the seventies and eighties came to Los Angeles to try their luck. Most of them, being seasoned and versatile after years in repertory, managed to muddle through the adjustment from stage to camera on their own, and are having successful careers.

At the same time, I abandoned my twenty-five year career as a teacher of acting and, with the help of former students (most notably Ted Danson) started producing films. By observing the work of a number of wonderful film actors (some of whom are quoted on the back cover) I began to appreciate first-hand the unique demands the camera makes on actors.

Our schools cannot go on pretending that film and television are not the major employers of actors in this country; a glance at the union membership numbers proves it. There is a real need for systematic, no-nonsense training for the camera wherever actors are trained in this country. This book was written to help address that need. It uses the same approach I have employed over the eight editions of The Actor at Work: to define underlying principals, present them in a logically sequential program of development, and provide experiential exercises that help the student to discover and internalize them for herself or himself.

My thanks to those who reviewed this manuscript. Thanks also to the fine people at Allyn & Bacon with whom I have now done several books, especially Karon Bowers.

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Benedetti, ACTION! Professional Acting for Film and Television (Sourcebooks)

FRONT COVER QUOTE:
“After this book hits the shelves don’t be surprised if the quality of American film acting takes a needed step forward. Benedetti has penned a true how-to guide for actors who want to shine onscreen. . . . Grab this book and earn that money you’re making!”
–Alfre Woodard

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Multiple award-winning producer and leading teacher of acting Robert Benedetti offers a no-nonsense, detailed, and clearly structured approach to the fundamentals of acting for the camera. Benedetti uses the same approach he has employed in writing and teaching for nearly forty years–defining underlying principles, presenting them in a logically sequential program of development, and providing experiential exercises to help aspiring, as well as experienced, actors shine in film and television.

Here’s what some of today’s most recognizable actors are saying about ACTION! Professional Acting for Film and Television —

“ . . . Robert Benedetti brings his experience as both an acting teacher and a film producer to the subject of screen acting. For those seeking a road map to a successful screen performance, read and enjoy!”
–Don Cheadle

“Bob Benedetti is one of the most intelligent and insightful teachers that I know. His lifelong dedication to the field of drama, along with his numerous accomplishments in film and television, make this book a ‘must read’ for actors on any level.”
–Noah Wyle

“This is the first book I know that recognizes the difference between acting for the stage and acting for film and television.”
–Ossie Davis

“How I wish I could start my film career all over again, with everything I now know in one hand and Bob Benedetti’s book in the other. I am happy to discover, however, that unknowingly I have always been in agreement with D.W. Griffith: film acting is thinking.”
–Patrick Stewart


Robert Benedetti is a multiple Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning film and television producer and a distinguished teacher of acting and directing. He was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre and was president of Ted Danson’s Anasazi Productions. Most recently, Professor Benedetti was honored with the Lifetime Career Achievement Award for 2005 from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

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