Secrets of Screen Acting

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Preface to Second Edition

I have been revisiting this book ten years after writing it, and in the interim many changes have happened in our profession that affect the actors and others who work in it.

The rehearsal time has now all but disappeared, and since the industry is now finding those actors who can without rehearsing produce the goodies-or their version of the goodies-I can see no reason why producers in the future will reintroduce rehearsal time. There is also a growing use of the wide screen ratio being used in television-and that changes the way it is shot, which affects the actors and how they perform. More and more films go "straight to video," and quite a few prestigious television dramas are upgraded during filming (when things are going very well) to allow the possibility of being shown on the big screen as a feature film. High definition digital filming is coming into both film and television, leading to a rapid increase in the convergence between the two worlds.

The repercussions of all these events are dealt with in this revised edition, together with extra thoughts and corrections that time has shown to be needed. I have taken the opportunity to update the references to performances to be of a more recent vintage.

The changes to our profession are also reflected in the Glossary, which has been extensively extended with more than fifty new entries, giving defi-

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