chapter  2
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Listening and Reacting

Weallknowyoucandoalotwithoutsayinganythingin behavior....Youcandomorewithoneeyebrowsometimesthanten linesofdialogue.Ifyoucandoitwithalook,itmightbebetter.

RobertDeNiro

Inthemoviesandtelevisionthereissomethingcalledthereactionshot. Thisisacloseshotinwhichoneactorislisteningtoanotheractorand reactstowhatisbeingsaid.(Thereisnosuchanimalinthetheater.)The reactionshotisoftenusedtoreinforcehowthedirectorwantstheaudience torespond.Theactorlistensandreacts.Theaudienceempathizesanddoes likewise.