The Craft of Film Acting

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The Craft of Film Acting. color. 109 min. Public performance rights included. Library Journal August 20, 2010 You don't know how they do it, but you know it when you see it. Great film acting takes talent, but it also needs practical skills. Professional actor McNamara walks us through 13 "scenes" in lecture format, covering everything from the audition and the callback to matching shots, finding your mark, shooting the master and coverage, recording sound, and translating director-speak. His emphasis is on the craft, not on the art, and he uses entertaining anecdotes and examples (some of them clips from his movies) to make his points. Students will be armed with the real-life, useful knowledge needed to handle the demanding days and last-minute calls in this competitive field. You'll never watch movies the same way again.-Ellen Druda, Half Hollow Hills Community Lib., Dix Hills, NY

Product Details

  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G General Audience
  • Run Time: 109.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0031KLW2Q

Customer Reviews

Essential – Time and Money Well Spent

5 helpful votes
 on April 21, 2011
By Daniel B. Truman
Originally skeptical of the sticker price, this efficient, entertaining and invaluable two hours of instruction was well worth the price, and much cheaper than the several hundred dollars and several months you might spend on a similar class if you’re lucky enough to live where one is offered. McNamera is not interested in hearing himself talk, he’s interested in making you a better actor. And he does. And he’s good at it.

Great nuts and bolts insiders guide to being a professional

2 helpful votes
 on October 30, 2011
By Jai
I actually ordered the DVD to my hotel room while on location for a film (Tom Cruise and Robert Duval), so I might have something to study in my trailer and on my off days. I’ve really enjoyed the DVD and have already spoken to a few of my friends/coworkers about it. I’ve been a stuntman in Los Angeles for 10 years, with occasional small acting parts in big studio films. First off, in response to a previous poster, the goal of this DVD is not to take someone’s hand and carry them through A-Z on how to act. That comes with years of intense practice and self-discovery. What McNamara does is take the core concepts of acting, which encompass all that acting is, and makes it simple and tangible, by using, analogies and exercises. He then takes you through a step-by-step instructional on how to prepare like a professional, from audition, to script, to callback, and to specific performance concepts and techniques while on camera, and what you NEED to know about the workings of a set crew as it relates to you. The instructions, side notes, and advice could only come from a seasoned professional who’s been auditioning and booking memorable roles in major Hollywood films for decades. The wealth of compiled experience and knowledge in this dvd makes it worth WAY more than you’ll pay for it! What an investment!

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on February 5, 2017
By Forrest T.
Great product as advertised!

A clean and articulate approach.

1 helpful vote
 on October 17, 2012
By Hendrikus De Vaan
As per any “instructional” video I approached this DVD with an open mind, but really did not know what to expect.

Excellent Content. Amazing Insight. Expertly Delivered. Buy This DVD Now.

1 helpful vote
 on January 20, 2014
By Jared Kelner
J. Patrick McNamara delivers one of the most succinct seminars on film acting that I have come across in many years. His insight, perspective and practical techniques are delivered clearly and were quite inspirational. As an actor and an acting teacher, I would encourage every actor, regardless of your experience, to purchase and watch this DVD as soon as possible. The Actor’s mantra “I am enough” that he shares with the audience is right on point. Well done J. Patrick McNamara. Amazing training. Thank you.

A great tool for learning the Craft of Film Acting

2 helpful votes
 on September 11, 2011
By Laura B
I was very impressed with the Craft of Film Acting DVD. The DVD was organized well, answered a lot of questions and went into more specifics than many of my on-camera classes. It’s definitely the kind of DVD you will watch a few times, take notes, rewind, and watch again just so you can absorb all the important details that J.Patrick McNamara has to offer. There are many details an actor should be familiar with when acting in front of a camera. This DVD explained much of those details to me so I can be better prepared, feel more comfortable when acting on camera and be more professional on a set. This DVD gets a thumbs up from me.

Awesome DVD for beginners

2 helpful votes
 on November 2, 2011
By Alan
Anybody that is interested in acting should order this DVD. It teaches the

excellent dvd. a must own for all actors

1 helpful vote
 on January 29, 2016
By Stephen Edwards
excellent dvd. a must own for all actors. it even goes into breaking down scripts which is an artform in itself.

This DVD is worth at least $500 for anyone interested in film Acting.

4 helpful votes
 on February 5, 2011
By Adam Mckeith
I learned more from the first 25 minutes of watching this DVD than most of my acting classes combined.

A lesson well taught

4 helpful votes
 on November 16, 2010
By Vernel Bagneris
This DVD offers a lifetime of experience and advice brought down to a concise and entertaining 99 minutes. My initial intention was to sit back and casually be informed, which I was. But, I soon found myself “pausing” and penciling down notes. It’s a worthwhile investment for anyone wanting to know about the actor’s role in filmmaking and the responsibilities of preparation. McNamara has put together a legacy of his personal experiences, found an interesting way to examine these challenges, and then offered possible solutions to his students. Highly recommended.

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