Acting To Camera

Overview

  • Adults (Part-time)

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Course Content

Acting to Camera

An opportunity to develop your acting skills with an ‘acting to camera’ focus.  Using a range of improvisation and scripted exercises the course will guide you through some fundamental techniques that will help you to develop truthful and spontaneous acting, specifically for the camera. You also learn about the technical essentials of camera set-ups such as, types of shot, camera angles, hitting marks and continuity of action and how they impact on your performance. Filmed In our television studio you will be guided through a series of scripted scenes and monologues, giving you the opportunity of critically analysing your development within a supportive group context.  

At the end of the course you will be given all of your unedited filmed material (please be aware that you will not be filming a showreel during this course.) 
  
Each session will begin with warm up exercises which will: create focused energy and relaxation, develop the voice and develop spontaneity and imagination.   
 

Week 1

We will start by examining the differences of acting on stage and acting for camera and explore some of the technical aspects of being ‘on set’ including; camera angles and types of shot, continuity, eye lines and hitting marks etc. We will begin to look at some fundamental acting techniques focusing on being truthful and spontaneous, using some improvisation exercises to explore this.  Each person will record an introduction to camera to be used later on in the course. 
You will be given some scripts for home work (to learn for week three) and will be asked to research your choice of monologues for later on in the course.   
 

Week 2

We will create and film some basic improvised scenarios and concentrate on finding the truth in performance, focusing on ‘being in the moment,' listening and reacting and the power of thinking and relaxation. We will also look at some vocal development, especially diction and vocal levels.  We will start to review some of the recorded material and the group will able to offer positive feedback. 
 

Week 3

Learners will begin to work on their prepared scripts and look at ways of taking the words off the page, focusing on being natural and incorporating some of the work we did the previous week. Working in groups, you will analyse the scenes, using basic principles to breakdown the text, and prepare them for filming. We will film some of the scenes on the set in the studio and work on using a variety of camera angles and you will be given an opportunity to make choices about the ’set-up’
 

Week 4

We will continue to film the scenes started in the previous week and you may have an opportunity of exploring some new text. Learners will get a chance to look back over their work and will be given the opportunity to film them again, after feedback. We will also begin to prepare the monologues that have been chosen and give guidance on how to start preparing them for filming. 
 

Week 5

You will be given the opportunity to rehearse and then film your selected monologue. (or if you prefer you could choose another scripted or improvised scene to film) Learners will  be encouraged make choices of how their monologue will be staged and how they can recreate the environment for their material using the studio that we have. 
 

Week 6

You will complete the filming of the monologues started the previous week and will be given the opportunity of reviewing them and doing them again, if time allows. Each learner will be given a copy of all the material that they have filmed. We will also look at casting and audition techniques and how to prepare for cold readings.

Biography

David Baker is an experienced actor, director, acting tutor and drama practitioner with over twenty years experience of working professionally in film, theatre and Radio and Television. He was an Artistic Associate and Director of Creative Learning at Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and has also taught acting for Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Education Service and for companies such as
Act-Up. 

For further information and to apply

Please contact Rosa Mauger on 020 7258 7253 or email rosa.mauger@cwc.ac.uk.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Creative Arts, Film production, Television, Acting

Entry Requirements

Some experience of acting is desirable.