Or maybe you just hire good frikking actors that comes prepared, does the hard work and use themselves to fill out the character with goals and inner workings etc.
Then you just need to get the fuck out of their way and let them do their work.
Give them a few tries(Very few actors nail stuff on the first take) before you step in and start babbling away about emotions.
If a director told me that coffe shit i would feel limited as an actor.
(Good actors already have goals)
Putting stuff in actors hands on the other hand is often very good(If they don't already have this).
Also. Overacting and Underacting doesn't fucking exist people!
There is only two sorts of acting. Belivable and non-belivable(Sometimes people can't agree on which is which becuse hey it's art and whatever).
I have heard people refer to DDLs acting in There Will Be Blood as "Over-acting" and i refer to those people as "idiots".
You can never act too much as long as it is belivable you can scream and shout, tear down walls and whatever. Maybe that's not what you want so then you ask them to "scale it down a notch". Simple as that.
Also, create an environment where the actors feel safe to express themselves whitout being judged by the crew. Don't hire assholes and people with no understanding of why it's sometimes emotionally hard for actors to do their work in a good way. If it didn'nt took hard work to be a good actor then everyone would be a great actor. So let them prepare and do their work even if you have zero understanding about their process. Don't be an over-technical jerk that only wants "pretty picures" for your reel. Respect your actors and they will respect you.
My handwriting is dreadful so i usually write stuff down in notepad first and if i'm not near my computer i write it down on my phone.
Sometimes i write entire scenes in Notepad first and then add them to Celtx/Final Draft. It becomes a rewarding experience everytime to see how many pages i have written.
I almost never write stuff inside the screenwriting software untill it is finished.
I never write stuff before i know what to write.
That idea of the screenwriter sitting infront of his typewriter and throwing paper into the trash-can is not a very good one.
If you work like that you are just gonna stop yourself from ever creating anything becuse you will probably become too precious about the page.
But if you write shit down in notepad(or on a piece of paper or phone etc) there is no pressure at all. They are just notes that no one but you is going to see(Hopefully) so just try shit out.
I guess Shakespeare was a really crappy writer then ;)
Cool how all 5 people who did not like this movie found their way into this forum ;)
An actor that accepts line readings is 100% not a good actor.
They are not playing the part, they are just trying to imitate you.
If you now how the part should be played then play it yourself or let the actors do their job and allow them to find the emotional truth in the scene.
I really wanna watch the trailer but the media-player on this site sucks.
You cant get a full view and the image is too big so you cant watch the entire frame either. Yeah and also the pause/play-button is in the middle of the frame the entire time and wont go away.