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The Healthy Edit by John Rosenberg

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Chapter 12

Psychiatry of Character Disorders—Part II

Performance

Having discovered how best to arrange a dialog scene, one is still left with the overriding concern of performance. There are many decent actors, but a few are truly spectacular. Some are basically self-directed, while others benefit from the determined and dedicated attention of the film’s director. A film consists of many characters, and some are better realized or better performed than others. Once the scene is in the can, it becomes up to the editor to make sure that the best performance is obtained. Some actors deliver their lines with amazing consistency. They’ve studied their part and know exactly what they’re going for, beat by beat. In that regard, they’ve mapped out the ...

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