Acting for Screen - Overview

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Sponsoring Departments: Radio/Television/Film and Theatre

Module Coordinators (main student contacts): Cindy Gold and Spencer Parsons

Module Advisors: Catherine Carrigan

This is a course of study designed for RTVF and Theatre Majors who wish to focus on the craft of performance for narrative cinema, television, and web media. The module will consist of courses that exercise various traditions of stage and screen performance, alongside cinematic techniques for capturing and heightening performance through camera work, lighting and editing. As it is in the interest of students to work across disciplines, the RTVF and Theatre departments will work in concert on this module through advising and complementary course offerings. This is an innovative, interdisciplinary course of study, bringing together stage and cinema practice for unique focus on a craft that is central to both. It will thus offer perspectives and experiences that will more fully prepare our graduates from both areas for careers as artists. Completion of this module will be most ideal for students who wish to focus their studies on performance for screen.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the module, students should:

  • Gain significant experience acting for camera (and possibly stage), with a working knowledge of acting techniques and strategies employed for screen and stage.
  • Gain awareness of historical developments in different performance styles and strategies employed in screen work.
  • Understand the effects of shooting and editorial choices upon the documentation of performance and expressive relationships between performance and cinematic technique.
  • Understand the processes necessary and resources available for continuing their work in a self-directed fashion after graduation.