Why Result Direction With Actors Doesn’t Work – Judith Weston

Judith Weston, Coach, Teacher and Author:  I know you lied! I know you did! You’ve been lying all along, you’ve been lying every day of your life. Do not lie to me!

Film Courage: What is result direction?

Judith: Result direction is directing the actor by telling them how you want, what effect you want them to have on the audience. I started out, here’s my book, this is the 25th anniversary edition of my original book Directing Actors which came out in 1996. The first chapter I called it Result Direction and Quick Fixes and I started out with a list of at the time 10 things that I called result direction that were ineffective ways to give direction to actors and I did it on purpose. I did it to get people’s attention. It backfired a little bit because people would come to my workshops afterwards and they’d be terrified that they’re going to say the wrong thing but it’s one of the reasons why I was so thrilled to get the chance to do this book, to kind of correct that impression that when I talk about result direction it’s a quick way to bring up the subject of subtext that because what I call the quick fixes which are the verbs, the facts or emotional history, imagery and physical life and event, they’re not always that quick. They’re quick when you know how to use them but I wanted to have that first chapter be a way that people would not lose hope. I wanted them to say Okay these are these, are the list of don’ts, but there’s hope, there are things you can do instead…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Judith Weston has, for 35 years, brought tools and confidence to filmmakers and actors, with books, workshops, and one-on-one consultations. In 2015, after 30 years of teaching in-person workshops and classes to thousands of film and television directors, screenwriters, writer-directors, and actors around the world, Judith closed her studio space and shifted her focus to one-on-one consultations with directors and writer-directors of film and television as they prepare to bring their projects to life. She can be available for Zoom Q&As and workshops with schools, festivals, and organizations. Judith Weston has been a teacher of directors, actors, and writers since 1985. She has written two books, DIRECTING ACTORS: 25th Anniversary Edition: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television and THE FILM DIRECTOR’S INTUITION: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques (via Michael Wiese Productions). 










BUY THE BOOK – DIRECTING ACTORS: 25th Anniversary Edition: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television 



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