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Acting for Camera (DRAM30020)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeDRAM30020
Availability(Quotas apply)
Winter Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is an intensive introduction to art of screen acting that focuses on the processes actors use for creating effective performances for camera. A series of practical exercises are introduced that allow participants to focus on creating effective on-screen performances. Students experiment with concept of ‘intention’ through prescribed and self-selected scenes. Practical insight into dealing with the pressure of the camera’s gaze and learning to work objectively with one’s self image is given. Classes and exercises will also focus on the analysis of classic scenes from theatre, film and television. This subject will be of interest to aspiring actors, directors, cinematographers, writers and artists wishing to gain a practical understanding of the relationship between the living body and its performance for camera.

Intended learning outcomes

• demonstrate an application of acting for camera technique including ‘inhabiting the material’, ‘clarity of intention’ and ‘revelation of inner life’;
• select and adapt material appropriate to the context of filmed performance;
• perform in a way that is believable, instinctive and tells a story simply;
• analyse the fundamental constituents that underlie the creation of an effective performance for camera;
• work effectively as a collaborator in scene work;
• solve problems in relation to the production of filmed scene work.

Generic skills

• Exercise understanding of the complexities underlying verbal communication;
• Exhibit lucid verbal and written communication skills and fluency within the student’s own practice and across other disciplines;
• Develop a sense of individual perspective;
• Articulate basic concepts and ideas within a dramatic;
• Utilise effective library research skills, including the development of search strategies to find information from a variety of quality information resources, including online databases, books, journals, internet, and a variety of multimedia-rich resources;
• Demonstrate effective time-management skills.

Last updated: 11 October 2019