Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Limits of Control, by James Franco (Lapham’s Quarterly)

An actor is in a strange position of being the most visible component of a film with the least control over that final product. He provides a performance, and then the director, editor and producers cut, recut, test, and score. This is the nature of film.
That James Franco is a smart guy, and does a nice job of pointing out a few well-known but constantly forgotten aspects of filmmaking:
Franco reminds us that actors are not actually the same as their characters, that directors are in charge, and that soap operas are made differently than other shows. (From NY Magazine)
Read the full essay here.

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