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Gene Anderson - The Book

by Anderson, Gene

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Categories: General, Close Up, Stage, Comedy, Philosophy, History
Media Type: Book
Publisher: Anderson, Gene

Product Description

Physical details: Smyth-sewn casebound, black cloth case with gold foil stamping on cover and spine, seventy-pound matte pages, and four-color gloss dust jacket.
Content: The Book's 256 pages are illustrated with 890 line drawings and photographs. Twenty-three chapters each describe one effect and routine to the tiniest detail. Each one is from my current working repertoire, and each has been routined and tightened over years of live performances for real people. If it isn't a current and honed performance piece, it's not in The Book. Routines that I no longer perform are not included, and no clever tricks were created just to be in this book. Four additional chapters contain supplemental information with no tricks. Twenty-seven personal snippets about me ("The Gene Pool") are sprinkled throughout the text, and 206 quotes provide additional insight with lots of humor. The back cover of the dust jacket provides a good overview and the chapter titles are listed on the content page.
Composition: Written words were a part of my "writing," but only a part. I needed to see those words, and their accompanying visuals, together in real time. I learned Adobe Illustrator and ultimately drew 487 illustrations.

Page layout was another defining factor—the third leg of the creation stool. I used Adobe InDesign to define the delicate balance between words and illustrations, on an individual page-by-page basis. Photographs sometimes convey intent more clearly than line drawings, and I post-processed 403 photographs taken by my collaborators and myself using Adobe Photoshop. Many of these photographs I enhanced (photo-Illustrated) in Adobe Illustrator with supplemental text, outlines and arrows. The result of all this is now The Book.

Scripts: Each of the 23 routines includes the script that I use in its presentation. The script is divided into action and patter.
"Suit the action to the word, word to action"
– William Shakespeare
Actions speak louder than words, and seeing the action in juxtaposition to the words communicates the performance script almost at a glance. I use these scripts to refresh my memory when preparing for a performance. It's fast and effective. My scripts may be a helpful starting point for you, but eventually you should write scripts of your own. I hope that mine will launch you into a new, creative direction.

256 pp., 2016

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Date Added: Jan 25th, 2017
MLA SKU: 5887ff2ee9ced


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January 26th, 2017 8:48am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
This book was a long time coming; it was in development for over 8 years. It went through many different iterations and changes. You might almost consider this book a sort of Magnum Opus for Gene Anderson.

When this book finally hit the market, many people were excited and with good reason. When Gene released material in the past it was always very well-received, again with good reason. His material is always well-thought out and it is taught in a clear, concise manner that is easy to understand and follow. The same could be said for the way he routines his work.

The description right off the bat hints at a high-quality product - the book is a Smyth-sewn, black cloth hardcover with gold foil stamping on the cover and spine with heavy 70-pound matte pages and a four-color gloss dust jacket, it is amply illustrated with black & white photos and hand-drawn illustrations amplified by the use of Adobe Illustrator, which Gene taught himself to use specifically for the task of... [Read More]

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