Short Programmes upgrade skills and knowledge to ensure success in a chosen field of learning, but are not credit bearing and not registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
This course is for anyone intended to appear in front of the camera, and looking to develop a strong film and television presence. From the creation of characters to vocal techniques, this course prepares students for a variety of performance contexts as well as audition scenarios for televisual and film productions.
Introduction and improvisational games, subtext exercises, camera angles and the creation of “acting books” for notes, scenes and character bios.
Character analysis, creation of characters, differences between stage and camera acting, vocal exercises and tension release. (Task: 8-line scene-writing)
Scene coaching with costumes and props, playback and critique of scenes, discussions around bringing emotion and clarity to a text. (Task: Monologue performance)
Warm up. Rehearsals and coaching of the scenes with costumes and props. Film scenes, watch back on the tv screen and receive feedback. Students were given the time to present their monologue choices, learning lines and asking questions in class. Homework was to apply emotion, diversity, detail, energy and clarity to their scenes and look for a filmic monologue.
Warm up. Discussion on how to analyze the text by creating character objectives and given circumstances, physical actions and blocking within the scene. Students were given time to go over their monologues and present and then receive coaching.
Playback and critique of previous week’s scenes, introduction to sitcom. (Task: Selection and rehearsal of sitcom scenes for performance)
Initial filming and playback of sitcom scenes, feedback and critique, improvisation exercises.
Audition workshop and tips on finding an agent, preparing for an audition, and practice in front of camera for final filming.
Final shooting of all scenes.