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Play Directing, 7th Edition by Michael McLain, Francis Hodge

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12

Picturization

Helping a Group Intensify

 

 

This chapter will discuss picturization—the projection of group action. In Chapter 11, you learned that gesture pertains only to the individual; picturization, however, concerns a group of actors in which each actor uses the gestures appropriate to his own character.

Definition

Picturization is storytelling by a group of actors . It is brought about by the combined use of composition (the arrangement of the group), gesture (the individual moving within his own sphere), and improvisation with properties (objects added to composition and gesture) for the specific purpose of animating the dramatic action . Picturization, then, is a still picture containing detailed illustrations, brought about by individualizing ...

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