What is the course about?
An intensive practical course in screen acting performance, and techniques for acting in front of the camera. It is aimed at students with accredited acting training and some professional experience who have not been able to breakthrough into screen acting who wish to develop confidence in front of the camera.
You will get an in-depth look at techniques ranging from improvisation to character development, based on a script for TV/film. Learn how to get the best performance and build your confidence on screen. Practise moving for the camera and learn about the differences between theatre and television performances. Scenes will be worked, recorded and analysed, and you will be required to learn scripts.
What will we cover?
Script interpretation for film/TV drama
Differences between theatre and film performance technique
Character development and performance - what an actor needs to know.
You will perform, film and watch back monologues and duologues from a television/film script. There will be one research assignment in modules 1 & 2 to further your understanding of film history and acting techniques for the camera. . You will be expected to prepare and learn a total of 4 minutes of dialogue over the module.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate confidence and relaxation in front of the camera; Show a good knowledge of screen acting in performance;
Maintain focus and continuity for filmed monologues and duologues.
Perform monologues and duologues for close-up camera work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Previous experience required. You need to have completed Screen acting for beginners/improvers, or their equivalent, have an Acting Degree or have completed an accredited acting course..
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly.
• To read a script accurately.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In groups and pairs with scripts. Scenes will be worked, recorded and analysed with regular feedback.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You
are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Your tutor will advise if recordings may be made available at the end of this course, subject to City Lit's privacy policies and current data regulations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Scripts will be supplied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Consider continuing to improve in this advanced course, TV Presenting, Radio acting, Stanislavski or Method Acting.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details