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  • The Screenwriter’s Workbook

    Category:
    • Technique
    Author: Field, Syd

    Syd Field’s timeless manual on visual storytelling is your own, hands-on master-class with the man The Hollywood Reporter called “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.” Field was the very first person to dissect thousands of films and scripts to find the essential narrative structure and shared functional elements underlying screewriting success.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

    Category:
    • Technique
    Author: Field, Syd

    A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. Now the celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author has updated his classic guide for a new generation of filmmakers, offering a fresh insider’s perspective on the film industry today. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are easily understood guidelines to help aspiring screenwriters—from novices to practiced writers—hone their craft. Filled with updated material—including all-new personal anecdotes and insights, guidelines on marketing and collaboration, plus analyses of recent films, from American Beauty to Lord of the RingsScreenplay presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the screenplay that will succeed in Hollywood.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Film: It’s a Contact Sport

    Category:
    • Technique
    Author: Darmody, Sarah

    Includes interviews with signficant figures such as Peter Weir, David Stratton, Bruce Beresford.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Actors on Acting

    Category:
    • Technique
    Author: Cole; Chinoy, Toby; Helen Krich

    This is a comprehensive consideration of all aspects of the actor’s art and craft, as told by the theater’s greatest practitioners, from ancient Greece to the 20th century.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Acting for Film

    Category:
    • Technique
    Author: Churcher, Mel

    The author uses her wide experience as an acting and voice coach an major movies to offer insights into the film acting process. She provides tasks, techniques and tips that are designed specifically for film: there’s advice to make the first-time film actor feel at home on set, tips on the casting process, how to cope with auditions, on-camera techniques, schedules and shooting order, as well as specific advice from film crews to help an actor’s performance. This practical workbook combines exercises and anecdotes in an informal and accessible style, making it the indispensable guide for anyone wishing to light up the silver screen.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • On the Technique of Acting

    Category:
    • Technique
    Author: Chekhov, Michael

    In the four decades since its first publication, Michael Chekhov’s To the Actor has become a standard text for students of the theater. But To the Actor is a shortened, heavily modified version of the great director/actor/teacher’s original manuscript, and On the Technique of Acting is the first and only book ever to incorporate the complete text of that brilliant manuscript. Scholars and teachers of Chekhov’s technique have hailed On the Technique of Acting as the clearest, most accurate presentation of the principles he taught Yul Brynner, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Anthony Quinn, Beatrice Straight, and Mala Powers, among others.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again

    Category:
    • Business
    Author: Phillips, Julia

    Every memoir claims to bare it all, but Julia Phillips’s actually does. This is an addictive, gloves-off exposé from the producer of the classic films The Sting, Taxi Driver, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind—and the first woman ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture—who made her name in Hollywood during the halcyon seventies and the yuppie-infested eighties and lived to tell the tale. Wickedly funny and surprisingly moving, You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again takes you on a trip through the dream-manufacturing capital of the world and into the vortex of drug addiction and rehab on the arm of one who saw it all, did it all, and took her leave.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • You Have No Idea

    Category:
    • Actors/Directors/Writers
    Author: Williams, Vanessa; Helen

    A candid and inspirational mother-daughter memoir of family, fame, trials, and triumphs by superstar Vanessa Williams her mother Helen Williams. 
    Since she was a little girl, Vanessa Williams wanted to be on Broadway. As a musical theater major in college she was on her way, but life took a turn when she became the first black Miss America. Forced to resign due to a nude photo scandal, it looked like her dreams were over. But through determination, and with a mom who was always there for her, she went on to conquer the entertainment world.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

    Category:
    • Actors/Directors/Writers
    Author: See, Carolyn

    As Carolyn See says, writing guides are like preachers on Sunday—there may be a lot of them, but you can’t have too many, and there’s always an audience of the faithful. And while Making a Literary Life is ostensibly a book that teaches you how to write, it really teaches you how to make your interior life into your exterior life, how to find and join that community of like-minded souls you’re sure is out there somewhere.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • The Measure of a Man

    Category:
    • Actors/Directors/Writers
    Author: Poitier, Sidney

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career.  His body of work is arguable the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Here, Sidney Poitier explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure – as a man, as a husband, and father, and as an actor.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • The Real Life of Laurence Olivier

    Category:
    • Actors/Directors/Writers
    Author: Lewis, Roger

    The acclaimed biography of Laurence Olivier is reissued to coincide with the centenary of his birth.
    Laurence Olivier was both an enchanter and a force of nature. In The Real Life of Laurence Olivier, Roger Lewis goes beyond the magical illusions the actor created, to tell the truth about the man’s sexuality, ambition, revenges, power, preoccupations and achievements.
    Most of all, Olivier’s life and work become a love story — the tale of the relationship with Vivien Leigh, who was destroyed by the extent of her passion for him, as he himself was cast into a frenzy of guilt and disillusion.

    No. of copies in library catalogue: 1

  • Theatre

    Category:
    • Actors/Directors/Writers
    Author: Maugham, W. Somerset

    In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham–the author of the classic novels Of Human Bondage and Up at the Villa–introduces us to Julia Lambert, a woman of breathtaking poise and talent whose looks have stood by her forty-six years. She is one of the greatest actresses England–so good, in fact, that perhaps she never stops acting.

    It seems that noting can ruffle her satin feathers, until a quiet stranger who challenges Julia’s very sense of self. As a result, she will endure rejection for the first time, her capacity as a mother will be affronted, and her ability to put on whatever face she desired for her public will prove limited. In Theatre, Maugham subtly exposes the tensions and triumphs that occur when acting and reality blend together, and–for Julia–ultimately reverse.

    No. of copies in library: 1