Actor Director Talk
By Actor Director Talk
Learn to be an actors-director—an acting school for directors. Practical knowledge, scene breakdowns, and interviews. Helping director's gain confidence, working with their talent to craft memorable performances.
#43_Talking Heads - The art of filming interviews
Boki and Dean discuss how to film interviews for documentaries with non-actors.
December 06, 2021
#42_ Negativity in the workplace. Sour grapes and all…
Boki and Dean discuss the consequences of negativity and why it is so detrimental on a film set.
November 29, 2021
#41_Making movies with Sidney Lumet
Boki and Dean discuss the lessons learned from Sidney Lumet, the master who brought us such movies as Network and Dog Day Afternoon.
November 22, 2021
#40_Director Jedi Mind Tricks - How to get actors to do what you want
Boki and Dean discuss how asking the right questions is more effective than having the right answers for your actors.
November 15, 2021
#39_Elia Kazan - More tips from the late great actor's director.
Boki and Dean conclude their talk about Elia Kazan and share more directing lessons about working with actors.
November 08, 2021
#38_Elia Kazan - The Godfather of actor-directors
Boki and Dean discuss the lessons they have learned from Elia Kazan, the actor-director who changed cinema forever with A Streetcar named Desire.
November 01, 2021
#37_Do you need to know acting jargon in order to talk to actors?
Boki and Dean discuss acting terms and if you need to know them to direct actors effectively?
October 25, 2021
#36_Don't let them do it the same way twice….inspiration is only once
Boki and Dean discuss the benefits of multiple different takes and why you should discourage repeat performances.
October 18, 2021
#35_ Giving the freedom for actors to explore….make a fool of yourself and the rewards will be gold…
Boki and Dean discuss how permitting your actors into making a fool of themselves will generate better scenes for your film.
October 11, 2021
#34_ Let's talk specifics. The secret sauce to performance.
Dean and Boki discuss why you need to be aware of specifics in your actors….how and why to look out for them.
October 04, 2021
#33_What's the problem? How to challenge your actors
Dean and Boki discuss how to raise the stakes and drama of a scene by using obstacles.
September 28, 2021
#32_ Why giving your actors physical obstacles in the scene can make it more alive and real….
Boki and Dean discuss how physical obstacles can elevate your actor's performance from great to masterful.
September 20, 2021
#31_ The importance of letting your actors live in their place on set
Boke and Dean discuss how to build a set with your actors and make it a living, breathing space.
September 13, 2021
#30_Why relationships in your scenes are important
Boki and Dean discuss character relationships and why it's important to know them inside out.
September 06, 2021
#29_Watch out for the eye contact - the battle between natural and technical
Boki and Dean discuss eye lines and eye contact between actors and how being too technical can ruin natural behaviour.
August 30, 2021
#28_Working with people that have never acted before
Boki and Dean discuss methods on how to work with actors with little to no experience and deliver amazing performances.
August 23, 2021
#27_ Monologues, long speeches and expositions…how not to make them sound like recitals
Boki and Dean discuss how to make monologues dynamic and interesting in order to keep an audience engaged.
August 16, 2021
#26_The illusions and delusions of continuity
Boki and Dean discuss why you should not worry about continuity errors.
August 09, 2021
#25_Don't hate film (For the love of film)
Boki and Dean discuss why the best filmmakers don't hate movies and why you should do the same.
August 02, 2021
#24_Acting to camera and why your actors should never play to it.
Boki and Dean discuss the hidden desire for actors to play to an audience and why they should never do it.
July 26, 2021
#23_The importance of relaxation
Boki and Dean discuss the tips and tricks on how to relax your actors on set.
July 19, 2021
#22_The magic of fun and the need to remind your actors
Boki and Dean discuss the benefits of a playful mindset and why you need to tell your actors to have fun.
July 12, 2021
#21_The good, the bad and the ugly of difficult actors
Boki and Dean discuss why working with some difficult actors can be a blessing in disguise and the actors you must avoid working with.
July 05, 2021
#20_Collaborating with your actors
Boki and Dean discuss what an actor brings to the table when a director is open to collaboration.
June 28, 2021
#19_To rehearse, or not to rehearse, that is the question.
Boki and Dean discuss the benefits of rehearsals and why you should allocate time to rehearse before you shoot.
June 21, 2021
#18_Quick Fix - Physical Tasks - The art of repetitive action
Dean and Boki discuss the third antidote in our quick fix for bad directing series in which we discuss physical tasks and activities. How it makes your actors focused so that they can perform naturally and engaging in a scene.
June 14, 2021
#17_Quick Fix - Facts. Foundations of Story and Character.
Dean and Boki discuss the second antidote in our quick fix for bad directing series and that's the facts of the scene, story and character.
June 06, 2021
#16_Quick Fix - Verbs. Know them, throw them away.
Boki and Dean discuss one of the many antidotes to bad directing and that's the power of verbs.
May 30, 2021
#15_Bad Direction - What not to say to an actor - Part 2 of 2
Boki and Dean continue to discuss the most common bad directions most amateur directors tell their actors.
May 23, 2021
#14_Bad Direction - What not to say to an actor - Part 1 of 2
Boki and Dean discuss the five most common bad directions most amateur directors tell their actors.
May 16, 2021
#13_How much to tell the actors and how much to hold back
Boki and Dean discuss the fine nuance of how much direction an actor needs to perform at their best.
May 09, 2021
#12_Imagination...we all have it and why it's important for a director
Boki and Dean discuss the director's imagination and how it can be used as a powerful tool to direct actors.
May 02, 2021
#11_Working with child actors and how to bring out the kid in yourself.
Never work with kids but if your hands are tied, Boki and Dean discuss tools and tips on how to direct them.
April 25, 2021
#10_What is improvisation and how to use it.
Boki and Dean discuss everything there is to know about improvisation and how to use it effectively in film and tv.
April 18, 2021
#9_Casting and how to find the perfect actor for the role.
Boki and Dean discuss the audition process and how to find the right actor who will deliver a stellar performance.
April 11, 2021
#8_How to spot overacting and underacting in your actors.
Boki and Dean discuss the subtle tells of an overacted or underacted performance that every director must know.
April 05, 2021
#7_Difference between theatre, tv and film actors.
Boki and Dean discuss how the acting performances change over the different mediums of film, tv and theatre and define how to rehearse and direct them.
March 28, 2021
#6_What are the elements that make a great scene?
Boki and Dean discuss all the elements that make a great scene and how to use this knowledge to craft great performances.
March 21, 2021
#5_Why the camera is not as important you think.
Boki and Dean discuss the trappings young filmmakers get into when they focus too much on cameras and cinematography and not on the actor's performance.
March 14, 2021
#4_When you are short on time and you need the actor to nail it.
Boki and Dean discuss the realities of film-making and how to get great performances from your actors when time is not on your side.
March 08, 2021
#3_Emotions...when you need an actor to cry on this line.
Boki and Dean discuss emotions and the realities involved with bringing them to life on the screen.
February 25, 2021
#2_Why your actors don't talk like real people.
Boki and Dean give directors strategies for making actors sound natural for the stage and screen.
February 15, 2021
#1_The importance of acting school for directors.
Boki and Dean discuss why directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese studied acting and why attending acting school is a top priority for all new directors.
February 15, 2021