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Becoming an Actor's Director
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

WHAT A DIRECTOR NEEDS TO KNOW

PREFACE

CHAPTER ONE: WHAT IS DIRECTING AND THE "PROSE" OF PREPARATION

CHAPTER TWO: STORYLINE FACTS -

THE BRIDGE TO THE THREE QUESTIONS TO CHOICE

CHAPTER THREE: THE THREE QUESTIONS TO CHOICE - Walking in the Actor's Shoes

CHAPTER FOUR: THE 5 TOOLS - Bringing the Ensemble Together - Part One

CHAPTER FIVE: THE 5 TOOLS - Bringing the Ensemble Together - Part Two

CHAPTER SIX: MOMENTS AND BEATS

CHAPTER SEVEN - MARKING YOUR SCRIPT

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE IMPROV MONOLOGUE - Exploring collaboration through personal experience

CHAPTER NINE: THE SCRIPTED MONOLOGUE - Prelude to directing a two-person scene

CHAPTER TEN: PRESENTING AND RESPONDING TO THE MONOLOGUES

CHAPTER ELEVEN: SCENE WORK - CONDUCTING THE FULL REHEARSAL

CHAPTER TWELVE: PREVISUALIZATION

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: DIGITAL CAPTURE: PUTTING IT INSIDE THE FRAME

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: RESPONDING TO SCENE WORK

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: BUILDING YOUR SIXTH SENSE -BREAKING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

CHAPTER SIXTEEN - THE POWER OF IMPROVISATION

EPILOGUE

ADDENDUM

About the Author

Regge Life is a producer, director and writer for film and television. He is currently the Senior Distinguished Director in Residence at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and has enjoyed a continuing career in film, theater, and television. His most recent work is a film adaptation of the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel Cocktail Party by Tatsuhiro Oshiro. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, four-time CINE Award winner, Sony Innovator, Fulbright Journalist Fellow, Emmy Nominee, and member of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Reviews

"Regge Life shares his approach to directing, honed by first-hand experience in the American film industry and informed by a valuable international perspective. This is a text that should find a place on the bookshelf of any prospective film and television director."

Tom Kingdon. Author of Total Directing

"Finally a book that examines the most important relationship in film making, the director and actor."

John Chase Soliday, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate/Graduate Studies, Cinema Arts Department, University of Miami School of Communication, Florida

"Regge Life has written an easy-to-understand deep dive into the preparation essential for directors of theatre, film, and television to create their best storytelling. He provides step-by-step how-to tools, practice examples, personal stories, technical recommendations, and helpful daily practices that define the director's homework. His incisive point-of-view, forged through decades of global experience and classroom teaching, demystifies the art of directing. A blueprint for gaining command of and confidence in one's directing work, this is must reading for the novice, early career practitioner, and seasoned veteran."

Benny Sato Ambush,
Professional SDC Director, Educator, Published Commentator

"Throughout his text, Regge Life goes beyond the mere technical and mechanical concerns of directing for the camera to focus on the social and emotional aspects of human interaction - the crucial connection at the heart of successful storytelling. Readers of Becoming an Actor's Director will find themselves in the hands of a master teacher."

Jabari Asim, Associate Professor and MFA Program Director, Creative Writing Deparment of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College

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