“Directors don’t know what they are doing. You might get no direction. So, you better come to the set prepared. They just can’t talk to actors.”
Yep, I’ve said that.
I don’t really mean it, but I want to provoke thought and spur my people into action.
One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite teachers, John Jacobsen, urges us (actors) to become “director-proof,” which to me means that we have to work, work, work and make strong choices based in the text which bring the scene to life, prepped for “Action,” with or without external adjustments.
Here are a few other thoughts, from Tony Barr’s Acting for the Camera: “I have to remind you that in the final analysis it is your magnificent face on the screen, and there will be no subtitles offering explanations and cop-outs as to why your performance is not as good as it should have been…you must develop your instrument and your craft to such a peak of excellence that your performance will be good no matter what the problems.”