A DIRECTOR'S PRODUCTION GUIDELINES
taken from the WHSFA manual
FUNDAMENTAL PRODUCTION DECISIONS
*Genre -- comedy, tragedy, musical, children's show, fantasy, etc.
*Style -- melodrama, comedia, etc.
*Period -- historical, contemporary, etc.
*Desired audience response
*Interpretation of playwright's intent
PRODUCTION ASPECTS (SENSORY IMPACT)
*Motivation (why do the characters do and say what they do and say?)
-Creative business -- special individual movements, postures, gestures which define characters
-Ensemble playing -- working as a cooperative group of actors
-Staying "in" the scene
-Relationship of voice to character
-Dialects and accents
*Blocking, stage pictures
*Tempo, pacing, rhythm
*Balance -- visually and in acting ensemble
*Making the show unique -- "your own"
*Rising action, climax, falling action