How Lying to Your Actors Can Draw Out More Convincing Performances

The famous “chest bursting” scene in “Alien” - reaction shot


Misleading and wrong

cscarroll's picture

This perpetuates vile, abusive and autocratic behaviour. It betrays a gross ignorance of the actor's and director's art, and is completely misleading, dangerously so, with regard to that relationship. Trust, and the foundation of a strong creative ensemble, will yield far richer results than manipulating people for once-off effects. The examples given are taken out of context and misappropriate the work of experienced directors to serve a cheap, sensationalist line of quick solutions to creative work.