Acting For Film
In Acting for Film students learn the basics of film acting: calibrating performances based on shot size and angle, eye line, hitting marks, emotional and physical continuity, and strength and imagination in acting choices. Students are assigned scenes from produced screenplays, which are then shot with instructor supervision. In addition, students may learn to perform a number of film crew positions to broaden their knowledge of the duties of everyone on a professional film set.
This course builds a foundation for acting through the study of the execution of a written scene. By working on sections of published plays and screenplays, students learn the basic concepts of scene study: defining objectives, breaking the scene down into beats, understanding the arc, pursuing the objective, playing actions, and working to overcome obstacles. Students first begin with silent scenes and/or short dialogue scenes before longer dramatic or comedic scenes are explored.
Students are introduced to tools necessary to hone and focus their acting skills. Students will work on exercises helping them to imaginatively personalize the given circumstances, and learn concepts that lead to moment-to-moment behavior in their work.
Voice and Movement
In this course, students gain insight into the power of how to nurture and control their voices by exercising various resonators and muscles enabling them to release emotional impulses. In addition to breath work, this course focuses on relaxation and posture to nurture the actor’s instrument.
This course introduces the core skills necessary to analyze and break down scripts. Students will work with text, applying key concepts discussed.
Students will work on an assigned monologue, applying text and character analysis learned thus far. Students are introduced to strategies that make a successful monologue.
Special Topics offers students the opportunity to explore key acting topics in an in-depth lecture/workshop format. Topics covered relate to the craft and/or industry and give students current insights to apply to a career or further studies. Classes that may be offered include Acting Technique, Scene Study, Voice and Movement, and Monologues.