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LIBRARY

The Open Window library forms an integral part of students’ lifelong learning and education process. It houses an extensive collection of books, periodicals, articles, films, DVDs and CDs that are available to both Open Window students and faculty members. The collection offers unusual depth and richness in the field visual communication.


Book of the Month

Secrets of screen acting. Second edition by Patrick Tucker. 2003.

In this new edition, Patrick Tucker retains the engaging style and useful structure of the first edition while addressing significant changes in current technology, ensuring that this volume will remain an indispensable resource for contemporary students of screen acting.

Updated for a new decade of screen performance possibilities, Secrets of Screen Acting is a magician's box of acting tricks for today's performer and makes the distinction between acting for the stage and for the screen. He explains that the actor, instead of starting with what is real and trying to portray that on screen, should work with the realities of the shoot itself, and then work out how to make it all appear realistic.

Tucker has created and developed several screen acting of a courses, and this book is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field. Containing over fifty acting exercises, this book leads the reader step-by-step through the elements of effective screen acting.





FILM of the YEAR

Jules and Jim (The Criterion Collection) (1962), directed by  François Truffaut

François Truffaut's third feature, though it's named for the two best friends who become virtually inseparable in pre-World War I Paris, is centered on Jeanne Moreau's Catherine, the most mysterious, enigmatic woman in his career-long gallery of rich female portraits. Adapted from the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, Truffaut's picture explores the 30-year friendship between Austrian biologist Jules (Oskar Werner) and Parisian writer Jim (Henri Serre) and the love triangle formed when the alluring Catherine makes the duo a trio. Spontaneous and lively, a woman of intense but dynamic emotions, she becomes the axle on which their friendship turns as Jules woos her and they marry, only to find that no one man can hold her. Directed in bursts of concentrated scenes interspersed with montage sequences and pulled together by the commentary of an omniscient narrator, Truffaut layers his tragic drama with a wealth of detail. He draws on his bag of New Wave tricks for the carefree days of youth--zooms, flash cuts, freeze frames--that disappear as the marriage disintegrates during the gloom of the postwar years. Werner is excellent as Jules, a vibrant young man whose slow, melancholy slide into emotional compromise is charted in his increasingly sad eyes and resigned face, while Serre plays Jim as more of an enigma, guarded and introspective. But both are eclipsed in the glare of Moreau's radiant Catherine: impulsive, demanding, sensual, passionate, destructive, and ultimately unknowable. A masterpiece of the French New Wave and one of Truffaut's most confident and accomplished films.


 

New Library Books and Media

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Bibliography

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Tucker, Patrick. 2003. Secrets of screen acting. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge

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Braungart, Michael & McDonough, William. 2013. The upcycle: beyond sustainability designing for abundance. New York: North Point Press

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Brown, S.1998. Post modern marketing II: telling tales. London: International Thomson Business Press.

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Branigan, Edwart & Buckland, Warren (eds). 2014. The Routledge enclyclopedia of film theory. Abingdon: Routledge.

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Ernstice, Wayne & Peters, Melody. 2012. Drawing space, form and expression. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson.

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Kaupelis, Robert . 1980. Experimental drawing. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications.

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Maslen, Mick & Southern, Jack. 2011. Drawing projects and exploration of the language of drawing. London  Blag Dog Publishing.

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Krasner, David. 2012. An actor's craft : the art and technique of acting. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.

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Salmond, M; Ambrose, G. 2013. The fundamentals of interactive design. London: AVA Publishing.

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Pratt, Any; Nunes, Jason. 2012. Interactive design : an introduction to the theory and application of user-centered design. Beverly: Rockport.

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Raj, Lal. 2013. Digital design essentials : 100 ways to design better desktop web and mobile interfaces. Beverley: Rockport.

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Kadlec, Tim. 2013. Implementing responsive design : building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web. Berkeley, CA : New Riders.


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