Why Actors Are Cut Out Of Movies – Judith Weston

Judith Weston, Coach, Teacher and Author: He said they didn’t have to follow blocking and they didn’t have to say the same lines.

Film Courage: You say it’s a death to the actor’s gift to put their concentration on the effect they’re having on the audience?

Judith: Because they should have their concentration on their acting partner.

Film Courage: If I’m in a scene with you, let’s say it’s opening night and I know my parents are in the audience and high school friends and this is going to be great! But really that’s the kiss of death for the actor because I should be focusing on our scene, our argument, whatever it is that’s binding us up there [on stage]?

Judith: Well, that’s the scene, the scene is the relationship, the scene is the relationship or relationships if there’s more than two people in the scene. That is the scene, is the relationship and how it changes the relationship. It starts out in one place and it ends up in another place and the process of it change (of the relationship changing), that’s the emotional event and it can be very subtle, it can be very small that in the beginning they’re friends, they’re good friends and at the end during the scene they exchange intimacies and at the end they’re closer friends than they were at the beginning. That could be a scene or that could be an emotional event but it has to happen in the moment…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

BIO:

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). 

 
 

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