Excerpts from film and television scripts by lsku8ga


									                                                                                                    Date Prepared: Fall 1996
                                                                                                   Date Reviewed:
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                                                                                                  PCA Established: Fall 1996
                                                  ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE
                                                      COURSE OUTLINE

Prefix & No.        FILM 123 ABCD Catalog Title                   Directing for the Camera

Units 2       Weekly lecture hours 1             Weekly lab hours 3      Department          Fine Arts

Credit/No Credit Option

Prerequisite: None

An opportunity for those interested in directing for film and television to develop or refine their skills.

COURSE GOALS To encourage and enable students to
1. develop the directing skills required of film and television directors.
2. learn the roles (crafts and needs) of the crew members of a working set.
3. communicate with actors and crew members.
4. appreciate the role of the actor in a film or television production in order to elicit quality performance.

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES At the end of the course, the student will demonstrate the ability to
1. direct actors in a scene for the camera.
2. function as a crew member on a working set.
3. organize and manage actors and crew members on a working set.
4. evaluate the performance of actors in a production.
5. recognize the needs of actors in a production situation.
6. manage the technical aspects of directing.

1.    Introduction to Class and Character Analysis                                                         1
2.    Ideas and Opinions: Words and Attitudes of the Characters in a Script.                               2
      Learn How to Communicate with Actors using Action Verbs.
3.    Areas of Opinion: Discovering the Important Action for an Actor                                         2
      and Communicating that Information
4.    Camera Basics                                                                                           1
5.    Technical Aspects of Acting for the Camera
6.    Physical Action Demonstration (Dealing with action to the point of stunt person)                        1
7.    Directing and Acting on Camera                                                                          8

Repeatability: Each repetition of the course will lead the student to perform at a higher and more complex
level. During the "A" section students will learn the terms and vocabulary, serve as crew members, and direct
one or more actors in a brief scene. At the "B" level the scenes will become more complex and students will be
expected to demonstrate an increased understanding and mastery of the materials. By "C" and "D" the students
will be working student writers to develop material for projects to be filmed in Film 113. They will be
responsible for casting actors, rehearsing, and developing the acting/directing component of the shows.

APPROPRIATE READINGS (Other than Textbook)
Handouts: Excerpts from film and television scripts.
1. Break down a scene in terms of camera placement, shot, and movement.
2. Rehearse scene from script. Give actors correction, movement, and blocking.

3.    Writing:
      a. analyze the facts and assumptions in a given script in order to develop each character in a scene.
      b. keep a critical journal/notebook based on scene work done in class.

Student production and performance activities will be discussed and critiqued by workshop members and the
instructor. Instructor will give written notes and critical evaluation.

Adopted Text: None

Other Materials: None


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