More and more I use film terminology in BM class; simple as CU and MS frame -- or more complex, like line of action, axis of tention.
* Director's Eye [textbook] -- VI. Theatrical Space (245) Ch. 26 : A meeting Place for Actor and Audience
In my Fundamentals of Direction I have a rule, which is a (federal) LAW (not many know about it) -- whatever is wrong with the show it's your fault.
Do not come to me to complain about the script -- you, not me, are married to it (even if I gave it to you). Learn how to love it and be in love. No, you can't complain about your actors. It's again the law. They are your actors, you MUST love them.
If you keep breaking this law, there is a punishment -- you will never work professionaly as a director.
You can cry on my shoulder, but than you go and face the music. (I am a couch, too, you know). It's okay.
[ Ch. 26 : Stage = Meeting Place for Actor and Audience ]
... Blocking [ dict ]
Tough Love. Show is your baby. When you get pregnant with a show, remember,
you nobody to blaim but yourself for having good sex with the script. Don't come to me to talk about how horrable is your partner. You have no idea what kind of monsters I had sex with in USSR (some of them are my own plays).
Just think for a second. How could you have problem with directing Shakespeare?
....She is so lovely, even when it's silly, so funny, full of life, I love her laughter, the way she moves, her eyes... Yes, I am talking about a play (Shakespeare, when I direct Shakespeare -- and Chekhov, when I direct Chekhov). If you are a woman-director, replace "she" with "he" and write your own text.
Maybe you know that I do not watch my own shows. It's too painfull. When I
lived with her it was only me, even during the rehearsals, she was mine... now
it's yours. Do you want me to be happy that you love my love? I am not that
sick. Am I? I have mixed feeling about my shows the public loves.
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