Acting for Screen - Courses

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Prerequisites:  

  • RTVF 190 Media Production is required for all Theater majors.
  • THEA 143 Acting for Non-Majors is required for all RTVF majors.

Courses:

Core/Required

Intro to Acting for Screen
Mixed Theatre and RTVF course introduces concerns and practices for screen-specific acting, including: basic casting, staging and camera space, scene analysis, rehearsal, and editing for performance. Students from both departments would work together acting in and shooting class projects, with Theatre students focused somewhat more on developing technical skills for cinema and RTVF students focused somewhat more on performance work in front of the camera.

Diagnostic Scene Study  
The required final course for module sequence, available only to Seniors, the Diagnostic Scene Study provides retrospective critique of performance work done for completion of the module (both curricular and extracurricular) with a goal of best understanding the performer’s range and capabilities, for ideal selection of future artistic projects as well as for recognition and effective promotion of the actor’s persona, or “brand” as a professional. this is designed to measure students’ progress focusing on three areas:

Creation of a professional reel. This will be built with input from the group and instructor, including critiques of scene work completed, performed and proposed by each candidate. In this class, students will create scenes to complement past work represented on the reel, putting greater focus on proven performance strengths and to better represent the range of skills they have developed.
Students will participate in scene study exercises designed to synthesize understanding of the kinesthetic relationship between the actor and director in relation to the camera, and the aesthetic created by the collaboration between cast and crew.
The Business of the Business: in addition to the required reel, the cohort will investigate the nuts and bolts of beginning a career in film and television acting.  From resume creation, acquiring an agent, contract negotiation, and film festival navigation, to understanding the hierarchy of a film set, students will build on the solid technique developed during the module and feel equipped to begin a career in film and/or television.

Electives

In addition to Introduction to Acting For Screen and Diagnostic Scene Study, students must complete at least 2 additional courses chosen from among Module-approved electives offered by RTVF and/or Theater and/or Performance Studies. Electives are offered on a rotating basis, fitting into curriculum per faculty interest and student demand.

  • DANCE 101-3 Improvisation
  • TH 260 Stage Directing (various)
  • TH 330 Devising Performance (M. Rohd)
  • TH 312 Art of Storytelling (Collins, Kelso)
  • TH 345-3 History of Acting Theory
  • TH 360 Agnes Nixon (Schellhardt)
  • Perf Stud 322-1 Staging the Novel: Noir Film and Fiction (Edwards)
  • Perf St 224-0 Adapting Narrative for Group Performance (Edwards)
  • RTVF 360 Improv for Writers
  • RTVF 369/379 Topics in Acting for the Screen
  • RTVF 379 Directing Actors
  • RTVF 398 Improv