Secrets of Screen Acting

  • by Patrick Tucker
  • Narrated by David H. Lawrence XVII
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Finally.... A Narrator who knows how to read.

What did you like best about Secrets of Screen Acting? What did you like least?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to David H. Lawrence The Seventeenth Narrate this book. I received this Audiobook Copy, in exchange for an honest review, and to be honest.... This is the first Audiobook review copy I have received that I was actually able to listen to, all the way to the end. Not only did I listen to it, all the way to the end... but I honestly enjoyed every bit of it (Well... almost every bit)

David H. Lawrence The Seventeenth is an excellent narrator. What I enjoyed most, is that he actually connected with me as I listened. I wasn't listening to some guy stuck in a hot sweaty booth, reading words into a microphone in a flat monotone, without understanding what he was reading, or the context and their meaning. While it was clear that he was reading from the pages of a book, he understood what he was reading, and knew how the author intended those words to be read. And he wasn't delivering those words, as if he were reading them from a podium, to an auditorium audience of hundreds.... it was as if he were right here in my living room, sitting in a chair, reading to me... an audience of one


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

If I told you that there is a glossary at the end of this Audiobook, would I be spoiling anything?

Remember a few paragraphs ago, when I said "I honestly enjoyed every bit of it. (Well... almost every bit)? Well.... the glossary is the bit I didn't enjoy. Not that I don't enjoy glossariess... A glossary is a handy thing to have at your fingertips, when reading a book... you can flip to the back of the book, and look up a word or phrase you are unfamiliar with.... but a glossary in audio format?


Have you listened to any of David H. Lawrence XVII’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Sadly, I have not listened to any other works narrated by David H. Lawrence The Seventeenth. But... I had to start somewhere.... and I'm sure I'll be listening to more his performances soon enough.


Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Secrets of Screen Acting?

I think anyone with an interest in acting on screen, or filmaking in general would benefit from this book. I frequently found myself thinking "Yeah... that makes sense" or "Damm.... I remember making that mistake about fifteen years ago... "


Any additional comments?

This is the first Audiobook I have listened to, that I actually want to listen to again in the future.... And I KNOW that I will be listening to it again.... several times.... and enjoying every little bit.

(Well except for the "Time Codes" and the Glossary".... did I mention the Time Codes?)

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- Mark

Extremely enjoyable and informative!

Would you listen to Secrets of Screen Acting again? Why?

Absolutely! I like knowing that if I need a refresher, it's right there to listen to again. It's a wealth of information masterfully written and narrated by the best in the business!


What about David H. Lawrence XVII’s performance did you like?

David H. Lawrence XVII has a voice that you want to keep listening to. I felt as if I were listening to a personal coach or friend give me advice. It flowed and time sped by.


Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this audible book to anyone in the entertainment realm or those seeking to enter. It's comprehensive, concise and very well done all around!

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- T BARR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2015
  • Publisher: Routledge - Taylor and Francis