Reverse Engineering Actors!

As a director I love working with actors! I want to help them create the most fascinating characters --within the bounds of the story at hand and the context of the other characters. But often the question for a director is HOW? Which is why I read and study the stuff actors read and study. I want --no, need-- to understand their methods, challenges and fears. What makes them tick?

It's easy for a director or (anyone else for that matter) to get caught up in their own goals and challenges, keeping their nose to the grindstone and plowing through obsticales to get what you want. And a director has plenty to worry about from scenery and costumes to camera, lighting and more. But, Hey, it's a PEOPLE business, and the people your audinece will relate to are the actors! The actors are not just a director's tools to tell the story (not to be confused with Hitchcock's 'cattle') they are THE emotional link to the audience. And as human beings, each very unique and creative, every actor in the show is an important collaborator with the director.

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8 Ways For Small Business to Boost Profits

From a great article giving 8 classic ways for small businesses to boost profits I want to recommend to you the TOP THREE for folks working in media. The article is from NewsMax Finance and its worth reading the whole thing because all 8 tips are business-school-basic for any business. Of course if you're a freelancer, you often don't see yourself as a business but you are. So whether you market yourself under a banner or as an expert service provider and whether your a one-man band or a company with employees these three tips will be essential to your success. Here they are:

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3 Terms Directors and Editors Must Know Which Others Often Misuse

Accurate ommunication is important if for no other reason than it saves time. Unfortunately most people misuse three terms which are crucial to the relationship between Director and Editor. INSERT, CUTAWAY and B-Roll are common terms and most people don't know their real meanings. But you will after you read this.

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4 Ways To Stop Wasting Your Video Editor's Time!

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