Wise di­rec­tion

SFX - - The haunting -

“I re­mem­ber it all be­ing quite a good laugh,” con­tin­ues John­son. “Robert Wise was aptly named. He was a bril­liant and wise man – es­pe­cially in re­gards to film­mak­ing. I re­mem­ber ask­ing him, be­cause I was still learn­ing at that point, ‘ Robert, what do you think I should know about the dif­fer­ence be­tween act­ing in the theatre and act­ing on- cam­era?’ He said, ‘ Richard, the main thing is not to blink too much. If you blink a lot and it is seen on a 40- foot screen it be­comes quite a mag­ni­fied ges­ture.’ So Robert would some­times stop a shot and say, ‘ No, please, you are blink­ing too much – cut it out.’ He was quite adamant that this could ruin a scene [ laughs]. He said, ‘ If you need to blink, it is best

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