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Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By colette on 10-22-15

Just great!

This was on Backstage's top ten list of books about acting for film. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to find it on audible.
Great content and performance!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tommy G. Kendrick on 08-23-15

A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY ACTOR

What did you love best about Secrets of Screen Acting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-10-17

Amazing

I loved the pragmatical approach to acting, which is something you kinda don’t get to experience when learning acting in academic circles.

The technicalities that Tucker explains are really helpful. Even tough I don’t have much experience on sets, I could look on the minimum work that I have done in the past and was able to observe faults and possible ways of improving my craft after reading this book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in pursuing an acting career!

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