A good workman has a good box of tools and knows how to use every one. An expert workman also knows which tool to use when. Everything in the toolbox is not used on every job at every moment.
In this book I have tried to teach you the whys and wherefores of different techniques for the screen. Not all of them will be of use to all of you all the time, but they should give you a better range of choices to make when faced with differing problems of acting in front of the camera.
A great deal of professional acting nowadays means working on the screen, yet those connected with training are mostly past and current stage performers. Even those who have screen experience often have only had it in front of the camera, but they do not always know what goes on behind the scenes that influences what goes onto the screen itself.
It is wonderful to have a strong belief about styles of acting. It becomes wrong, however, when it is religious in its intensity, and the belief grows that there is only one true faith. Just as many find different ways to worship, so there are different ways to act.
When you started to drive a stick shift car, you wondered how on earth it was possible to talk and change gears at the same time. It all seemed very difficult, and yet soon you were chatting away, weaving in and out of traffic. Changing gears has become so automatic you barely notice or think about it.
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Publication information: Book title: Secrets of Screen Acting. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: John Stamp - Illustrator, Patrick Tucker - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 181.
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