When it was first published in 1993, Secrets of Screen Acting broke new ground in explaining how acting for the camera is different from acting on stage. Reaction time is altered, physical timing and placement are reconceived, and the proportions of the digital frame itself become the measure of all things, so the director must conceptualize each image in terms of this new rectangle and actors must 'fit' into the frame. Based on a revolutionary non-Method approach to acting, this book shows what actually works: how an actor, an announcer--anyone working in front of the cameras--gives excellent performances on screen.

Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there towards the real. His step-by-step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested Screen Acting Checklist.

As well as being completely updated to cover new techniques, film references and insights, this third edition now includes a set of Film Clip Time Codes for each film. These not only itemise the films discussed in each chapter, but also pinpoint the precise moments where each example can be found so that students, teachers, and professional actors can refer to them quickly and easily.






chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Screen versus stage

chapter 2|10 pages

Dierent screens – dierent eects

chapter 3|12 pages

The frame

chapter 4|12 pages

The camera

chapter 5|16 pages

Reactions and business

chapter 6|18 pages

Sound and vocal levels

chapter 7|14 pages


chapter 8|18 pages


chapter 9|16 pages


chapter 10|12 pages

Rehearsals and technicals

chapter 11|10 pages

Directing actors for the screen

chapter 13|18 pages

The shoot

chapter 14|8 pages

The editor and editing