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March 16 , 2010

Actors Turned Directors

On Eliciting the Best Performance from an Actor and other Secrets of Successful Directing


Ten highly popular and acclaimed film directors whose careers began in front of the cameras candidly offer their insights into the all-important and underexplored subject of directing actors.

    Sydney Pollack
    Jody Foster
    Mel Gibson
    Leonard Nimoy
    Kevin Hooks
    Richard Benjamin
    Paul Mazursky
    Melanie Mayron
    Ronald F. Maxwell
    Kevin Bacon

Each actor-turned-director discusses filmmaking and acting as observed from and practiced on both sides of the camera and offers invaluable guidelines and tips on casting, rehearsing, communicating and working with actors, and the whole of the moviemaking process.

Jon Stevens is a writer/director whose most recent feature film is Irish Whiskey.  He serves on the publications committee of the Directors Guild of America, with whose support this book was prepared. 

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