Happy birthday, Quincy Jones!
It’s not every day that we have an author turn 80. It’s certainly not every day that we have two celebrity authors turn 80 on the exact same day. Quincy Jones (Q on Producing) and Michael Caine (Acting in Film) are celebrating their double birthday together today. Best wishes to both!
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With invaluable advice on subjects such as songwriting, scoring, and the modern music business – to be expanded on in subsequent volumes – Q on Producing provides the foundation for what is sure to be the most anticipated series of tutorials on music production ever created.
If you catch somebody ‘acting’ in a movie, that actor is doing it wrong. … In the early talkies, actors came to the movies from a theatre tradition and, not surprisingly, they performed in a way that was designed for the theatre. … If an actor had to cry in a scene, he’d launch into a big emotional number to show the audience his grief. He would probably base his performance on what he’d seen other actors doing in acclaimed performances. Whether that method was effective or not, it was the tradition of the times.
The modern film actor knows that real people in real life struggle not to show their feelings. It is more truthful, and more potent, to fight against the tears, only yielding after all those defense mechanisms are exhausted. If today’s actor emulates film, he’d be better off watching a documentary. The same is true of drunkenness. In real life, a drunk makes a huge effort to appear sober.
Marlon Brando’s work in On the Waterfront was so relaxed and underplayed, it became a milestone in the development of film acting. Over the years, the modern cinema audience has been educated to watch for and catch the minute signals that an actor conveys. By wielding the subtlest bit of body language, the actor can produce an enormously powerful gesture on the screen.
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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 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.