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    fFreedom to bring ideas to the script if it is too skeletal in favor of the overarching theme or to pare down if overwritten ....for example with too many adjectives
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    Well put Ted!


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    I want a director who can actually SHOW me HOW to do it if I'm stuck. Not TELL me but SHOW me.


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    Really? That's the #1 thing I was taught NOT to do. No line readings, no "do it like this".

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    Yes, in general it's regarded as one of the worst things a director can do to give a line reading or attempt to demonstrate what they want from an actor. It's otherwise known as "result-oriented" directing. See Judith Miller's great book "Directing Actors" for the definitive explanation, and the related advice on what usually works much better to do instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsbush View Post
    I want a director who can actually SHOW me HOW to do it if I'm stuck. Not TELL me but SHOW me.
    i don't do that because i don't want you getting there artificially. if you aren't getting where we need you need to go, it's my job to direct you along the proper path to find it, not to show you what the destination looks like in my head. besides, what's in my head is a totally idealized fantasy you simply can't live up to.

    directors give direction. what you're asking for is a tour guide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsbush View Post
    I want a director who can actually SHOW me HOW to do it if I'm stuck. Not TELL me but SHOW me.

    In many behind-the-scenes on DVD it seems like Spielberg and other top directors often give line readings and showing the A list actors what they want. They act it out briefly and will even speak the lines demonstrating how they want it phrased. Ideas about this anyone?


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    short answer...
    a check.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 10s View Post
    In many behind-the-scenes on DVD it seems like Spielberg and other top directors often give line readings and showing the A list actors what they want. They act it out briefly and will even speak the lines demonstrating how they want it phrased. Ideas about this anyone?
    can you be more specific? i've seen plenty of "top" directors do it, but generally these are not directors noted for generating great performances from their cast.
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    What comes to mind is a BTS on "Catch me If You Can" and another one is, if I remember correctly, on "Amistad." Lucas does it also, of course he doesn't always get the greatest performances. From what I can tell, they effectively instruct the actors on what they want and they get it --- and it also happens to work.


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