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June 16, 2008
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Dr. Cynthia Baron

Dr. Cynthia Baron

Art of film performance illuminated in new book

A new book by Dr. Cynthia Baron, theatre and film, brings readers face to face with the art of acting for the screen. Co-authored with Dr. Sharon Marie Carnicke of the University of Southern California School of Theatre, Reframing Screen Performance demonstrates that, while acting for the screen differs from acting on the stage, it has its own set of strategies that are as important to creating the total effect as the camera and lighting.

Reframing Screen Performance features photos from more than 40 films to illustrate its points, such as the effect of key gestures in a sequence. “One of the unusual things about the book is that we used ‘film captures’ and case studies from recent movies,” Baron said. In addition, in-depth studies of performances by such actors as Anjelica Huston and Denzel Washington, and examples from the work of directors including Robert Altman, Baz Luhrman and Akira Kurosawa are used to address questions about acting in the cinema.
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