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PAFT 111 Acting For Film and Television

Course Description: This course focuses on training the acting instrument. The course introduces students to the fundamental skills and theories of acting for the camera as they begin to learn and experience the craft of acting and what it entails. Exercise work is assigned to achieve spontaneous reactions and authentic behavior in the classroom and in meetings with acting partners for rehearsals. That work is brought into class for critique and discussion. The goal is to develop the actor's personal instrument and acting technique in order to create the life of a character in film and television. Course Rotation:

3 credits

PAFT 112 Acting for Film and Television II

Course Description: This course begins the exploration of text, developing the character close to the actor's own experience, and the technical demands of working in front of a camera. This includes the student's ability to create a believable performance and bring individuality, vulnerability, and intimacy to the screen. The life of a character is developed from the given circumstances of a scene and the tools needed to create them in an authentic way, to make those circumstances the character's truth. Working "in frame" encourages focus on the material, making valid choices, and working cooperatively. Students learn master shots, coverage, continuity, and the vocabulary of filmmaking for actors. Work will be taped for in-class critique.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 111 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 121 Physical Prep-Functional Training I

This course is one of the most effective and comprehensive overall workouts that utilizes basic movements and core stability to increase strength and agility, along with cardio drills to challenge both the body and mind. The student experiences a carefully designed, fast-paced workout that uses multiple muscle groups to burn calories, improve flexibility, balance, and posture that develops an overall fitness while defining the actor's body from head to toe. Sweat, strengthen, and get the results that prepare the actors for the physical and mental challenges they may encounter on the film or television set.

3 credits

PAFT 122 Physical Prep-Functional Training II

This course continues with the work of Functional Training I, building on the strength, flexibility, and shaping of the actor's body from head to toe. Text work between partners is added to advanced physical exercises while applying listening and reacting skills to the rehearsal and performance of film and television work. Additionally, students explore how to vary levels of expressiveness with their voice and body to fit the camera and on-set microphone, and how to release tension in the voice and body to more fully experience and communicate emotion on the text. The class work consists of a fusion of physical training techniques; a combination between performance philosophy, an exploration of dance and movement concepts emphasizing the il.mdamentals and mechanics of the body as an expressive tool with special focus on contemporary avant-garde forms of expression. It combines dance, theater, improvisation and performance art to create a unique performing art form.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 121 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 131 Vocal Production I For Film and Television

This course is the one of four courses in vocal training, a rigorous sequence of study that uniquely coordinates the many elements and practices of vocal training for film and television. The goal is to offer the actor an instrument fully capable of responding imaginatively, truthfully, and freely to the creative and interpretive needs of character and text. This course will focus on relaxation, posture and alignment, respiration, positioning, phonation and support.

3 credits

PAFT 132 Vocal Production II For Film and Television

This course is the second of four courses in vocal training for film and television. It is the continuation of a rigorous, sequence of study that uniquely coordinates the many clements and practices of vocal training. The goal is to offer the actor an instrument fully capable of responding imaginatively, truthfully, and freely to the creative and interpretive needs of character and text.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 131 Minimum Grade of C