Acting for Screen - Courses

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Prerequisites:  

All students must complete RTVF 190 and an acting class – either THEATRE 171 Basic Acting (for RTVF majors) or THEATRE 273-1 Acting I (for Theatre majors).

Courses:

Core/Required

Introduction to Acting for Screen (RTVF 368-1 or THEATRE 376-0, enrollment by instructor consent)
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 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 (RTVF 368-2 or THEATRE 378-0, enrollment by instructor consent)
The required final course for module sequence, available only to Seniors, 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 two elective courses. Electives are offered on a rotating basis, fitting into curriculum per faculty interest and student demand. Students seeking to have a course that is not on this list approved as an elective (including any of the topics listed “by coordinator approval”) MUST receive written confirmation from a module coordinator.

  • DANCE 101-3 Improvisation
  • THEATRE 211 Fundamentals of Stage Directing
  • THEATRE 375 Advanced Acting Topics (topics pertaining to screen performance, by coordinator approval)
  • RTVF 352 Topics in Improv (by coordinator approval)
  • RTVF 369/THEATRE 377 Topics in Acting for the Screen (past offerings have included Blocking & Staging, Comedy Acting, Devised Narrative)