Screen Acting Skills

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Roger Wooster & Paul Conway

Published by Methuen

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Many screen actors begin their careers lacking the appropriate pre-shoot preparation and knowledge of studio protocols

Screen Acting Skills offers students and tutors a straightforward approach to acting for the screen and how to prepare for studio work

Whether you're a young actor seeking to land your first screen role or a workshop leader looking for engaging exercises that don't require complicated technical support, you need this book

Screen Acting Skills helps actors new to screen performance to be fully prepared artistically and technically

It augments existing theoretical and academic studies by offering practical, focused exercises that can be explored in low-tech workshop situations

Written in an accessible, jargon-free and often humorous style, it enables actors young and old to access their own talent and to hone their skills

It also includes links to online videos of workshops with screen acting students


Introduction: Ready for action!

1. Don't act: BE
2. Backchat: creating a backstory
3. The actor as plumber
4. Keeping it real
5. This has never happened to me before
6. Where am I? When am I?
7. Are you listening to me?
8. Where were we?
9. It's good to cheat
10. Finding the art of You
11. Audition peace
12. It's a WRAP

Glossary of Technical Screen Shooting Terms
Glossary of Genres
Glossary of Acting Terms
Bibliography and Recommended Further Reading


"I think this book is great! It is clear and flags up all the rules and business that we actors have to know and be aware of. I wish I'd had this book when I was starting out ... I can't tell you how many times I was scared, puzzled and ignorant of all the dos and don'ts. To have this sensible guide would have been great" ~ Alison Steadman

" ... an extremely useful addition to screen acting practice and would not hesitate in recommending it to the screen acting school at which I work ... Screen acting publications can sometimes be a little 'top-down' in their approach offering the actor tricks and overly proscriptive directions in addressing challenges when working in front of camera" ~ Philip Wolff, Head of Screen Acting at The International School of Screen Acting


The exercises in Screen Acting Skills assumed a studio environment where students could develop their skills together, working in close proximity

But now authors Roger Wooster and Paul Conway have set out adaptations to the exercises outlined in the book to enable socially distanced and/or online teaching

Many of these strategies can also be applied generally to socially distanced acting workshops and online teaching

To access a PDF of the Socially Distancing Strategies
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