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Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Moviemaking (The Applause Acting Series)

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A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies.

This book is particularly helpful to actors who are crossing over from theater acting to film acting. I had to take breaks (which I attribute to the time I've spent away from reading books as frequently as I used to; it takes more effort than it used to require when I was younger to get through books now), but overall, this was an easy, fun, and insightful read. Biometric tests on cinema audiences, such as pulse rates, are used to advise the film companies on just how much viewers are immersed in the experience.Caine uses humor and personal experiences from the start to the height of his career to impart knowledge about the do’s and dont’s of the acting business. I did very much enjoy what Caine had to say, even when I did not understand what he was talking about. Me encantó, no profundiza demasiado en la actuación, quizás porque está hecho para gente que ya tiene base, pero también es muy buen libro para quién no sepa de actuación porque es divertido, ligero, al punto.

After you see it, you will look at acting in films in a different way, and notice little details that separate great actors from good ones. I was hoping for more insight on techniques in front of the camera - similar to Michael Caine's great acting masterclass from 1987 (I believe), which can be found on YouTube. So naturally there is bound to be a mixture of chatty personal anecdotes and old Hollywood rubrics hashed together --yet the proportion of all this is not greater in comparison to a very useful litany of concrete, technical, 'insider tips' for actors.El principal punto por el que me gustó tanto este recorrido sobre el cine y la actuación es que no lo está diciendo un fulano cualquiera, lo está diciendo un ganador de la Academia, que no sólo ha incursionado en el teatro, sino también en la televisión y por supuesto, en el cine. Interspersed with touches of his usual east end humour, Michael Caines' guide to acting is an invaluable pocket guide for the aspiring actor. The best movie actors become their characters to such an extent that the product isn’t viewed by an audience as a performance.

I burst with excitement when I got the role and was sweaty and nervous; convinced I was going to blow it - and this book helped me through it. In this book actor Michael Caine describes being a leading actor in films, he says that his job is the carry the entire film and give life to the filmmaker’s vision. He has tips and tricks when it comes to acting, but he truly just teaches you how to be a human in this industry.Caine always loves to talk about his rough-and-tumble cockney upbringing; I guess I can't blame him. He was insolent, good-humoured and wore thick dark glasses, which was unusual for male leads of the day. A keen awareness of picture continuity is essential in insuring an actor's valuable time on screen, in addition to increasing a thespian's chances of being hired again. HE IS A LEGEND IN THE ACTING FIELD; HOWEVER, HIS INSIGHT/INSTRUCTION IS VERY VALUABLE; HIS PRESENTATION SIMPLE AND HE IS EXTREMELY PATIENT AND PRECISE. It's a very handy practical guide to day-to-day-life for anyone in the film industry, and Michael Caine narrates us beautifully through his own experiences in the industry.

This new revised and expanded edition features great photos throughout, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera - Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. He talks about entering sets where he only had one line to speak, waiting for hours to say that one line and that many stars on the film sets could be very arrogant and refused to talk to anyone below them.He also states that it is his responsibility to fully engage the audience, to make them believe in him, not to see him as an actor speaking lines, but to see the character from the screenplay, he describes how he does this as an actor and his methods are interesting to read. Un acercamiento totalmente amigable para el actor en formación e incluso meros aficionados a dicho arte; donde no sólo cuenta su propia experiencia frente a la cámara, sino que comparte consejos que pueden tener impacto en la carrera propia para bien o para mal.

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