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Books by Eric Morris. Trivia About Acting from the U Eric Morris has written some of the best books on acting ever written. They are loaded with wonderful exercises and insights into acting never before put on paper. They explore the instrument, the craft, choices for material, choice approaches and have helped me so much both as an actor, director and teacher.
Read them in that order at once and your acting, directing and teaching will immediately become more dimensional and enhanced They are eye openers.
This one however I believe goes to far. It's not as accessible as the others and goes to far into new agey type exercises that are just not as accesible as the exercises in the other books.
Acting from the Ultimate Consciousness is Eric Morris's fourth popular book on the art of acting. His previous works have established him among the foremost. Acting from the Ultimate Consciousness is Eric Morris's fourth popular book on the art of acting. His previous works have established him.
The semantics also get very confusing in this book. Words like "selective enhancement", "Imaging" and using your "dreams" to enhance your acting. Eric come back to earth!
The best part of the book is some of the material already covered in Irreverent Acting. In summation, I think this book will be very confusing to actors who have not read all of the other books or studied with Eric and might be turn off to Eric's work as it is confusing and ethereal. So run to the book store and buy those other books and save this one for when you just haven't gotten enough of Eric Morris' Acting Books and maybe want to travel to outer space.
I'll admit that at first glance Eric Morris's System can seem scary and misaligned. But I believe it to be a very misunderstood system. Eric Morris teaches the actor how to react honestly and in the moment, including everything that's going on inside and out-the other actor, the props, the imagined objects that one might be working for-that impels you to "do" whatever the character is required to "do", but out of a real reaction, not just because you're doing it.
This Work trains the actor to create the stimuli that will fulfill the demands of the piece, specifically, wholly, and with Truth.
For the most part, plays and movies are imagined circumstances, and we as actors, have to create stimuli to react from, so we're not just faking, or indicating our performance. I'd rather watch two people have a relationship on film or on stage, than two actors reciting words, no matter how well they "act" it. If they don't believe it, I won't. A crucial part of Eric's System is based on Instrumental Work, which is the process of identifying blocks and fears and tensions to expression and, one-by-one, through the use of hundreds of exercises, eliminating them. It's really about self-awareness-learning about yourself and how you function, so you can "get out of your way" and function truthfully on stage or film and get to where you need to get to in a scene.
I think this is the aim of every method, but I feel that this System is the only one to address the issues of the actor on a personal level. If I'm tense and depressed in real life; me the actor , I'm not going to be able to REACT truthfully in a scene where the character has just won the lottery and is jumping with joy. If I push for the emotion, I'll be faking and will "act" that I'm joyful. If this is enough for you, then Eric's work is definitely not your thing. Be it imagined stimuli they are creating, or through the available stimulus around them, they open themselves up and REACT truthfully to everything -the other actors, the set, the space, the props, the object or person via Sense Memory, etc.
I KNOW they do this for a fact! They've talked about it for years. Eric helps you get to the place that they do-where you can function truthfully, where your instrument is accessible and available, where you are open and are willing to go where the character needs to go, emotionally, psychologically, and physically. My advice is read Eric's books.
If they pique any interest in you, if they strike a cord, study with Eric or Anthony, or at least contact them for further information about the system. I think you'll be quite surprised and utterly amazed at the tools this Work can provide you as an actor. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us.
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