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The Director’s Chair Issue #158 – October 14, 2014 (Differences Between Good Acting/Bad Acting)

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Ezine Contents

1. Introduction
2. Bonuses for Subscribing to The Director’s Chair
3. FEATURE ARTICLE: Differences Between Good Acting/Bad Acting
4. Film Directing Coach Services
5. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
6. Filmmaking Links of Interest
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1. Introduction

Welcome to Issue #158 of The Director’s Chair,  Oct. 14, 2014

1. The Feature Article this month is called: How Do You
Differentiate Good Acting From Bad Acting by Marcus Geduld. “If
anyone tells you there are objective standards, they’re full of
crap. This is a matter of personal taste. There are trends. There
are many people who loved Philip Seymour Hoffman’s acting. But if
you don’t, you’re not wrong. At worst, you’re eccentric.” (Read
the rest of this article below.)

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3. Feature Article: How Do You Differentiate Good Acting From
Bad Acting by Marcus Geduld

I’ve decided to send you the link to this fantastic article by
Marcus Geduld on what he feels is the difference between good
acting and bad acting.

This is a question we directors ask ourselves all the time. And
since it’s a purely subjective question, (just like what is a
good movie) “it just means we have different tastes” says Marcus.


How Do You Differentiate Good Acting From Bad Acting by Marcus Geduld

If anyone tells you there are objective standards, they’re full
of crap. This is a matter of personal taste. There are trends.
There are many people who loved Philip Seymour Hoffman’s acting.
But if you don’t, you’re not wrong. At worst, you’re eccentric.

I’m a director who has been working with actors for almost 30
years, and I’m the son of a film historian. I’ll give you my
definition of good acting. But I really want to stress that if I
say, “Pacino is great,” and you disagree, my experience does not
make me right and you wrong. It just means we have different

Read the rest of this article from Slate.com

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