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PAFT 211 Acting For Film and Television III

Course Description: This course focuses on continued development of deep character work applying the "moment-to-moment" work to characters outside of the student's own experience. Additionally, students will continue to develop and strengthen their ability to analyze text for film and primetime television as well as how the physical environment can enable the actor's process. Connections will be made between Acting I, II, and III leading the students to understand and hone in on the depth of their craft. Advanced scenes will give students the confidence in their craft to help launch them into more complex studies in varied genres and styles of film and television drama. In this course, students are required to come to the set fully prepared. THERE IS NO OUTSIDE REHEARSAL. Work will be taped for in-class critique. Course Rotation:

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 112 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 212 Acting For Film and Television IV Single and Multi-Camera Work

This course focuses on filming in both a single and multi-camera studio in different on-set work situations. Actors are taught how to deal with multiple cameras and maintain the quality of their work. Actors are assigned scenes at the start of class, learning them quickly and filming them, utilizing their instincts and experience, without over-analysis. The result is a positive impact on the actor's cold­ reading/audition skills and confidence in performance for the "no-acting" style demanded for film and television. Increasingly complex material is used to tell the story and create subtext emphasizing subtlety and nuance. Work will be taped for in-class critique.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 211 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 213 Commercial Acting I

This course teaches students to apply basic acting skills in simulated commercial audition exercises with a discussion of approach, technique, and preparation for the audition process for television commercials and industrials. Specific topics covered include: audition preparation, current commercial trends and styles, cue cards vs. hand-held scripts, single person copy, one-liners, doubles copy, improvisation, and personalized marketing strategy. Working in lecture/demonstration and labs, learning MOS, slice-of-life, and spokesperson formats to develop audition security and ease. The students will be offered a first-hand exposure to the professional process. Work will be taped for in-class critique.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 112 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 214 Commercial Acting II

This course continues the exploration and mastery of the different types of audition situations and commercial genres encountered in a professional acting career. This "on your feet" course teaches actors to listen actively, think creatively, trust their instincts, and live "in the moment." Practice on and ofi camera, applying these skills to callback situations, interviews, and evolving media such as Skype. Delve into the usc of teleprompters and ear prompters. Lectures address key aspects of a commercial career including: agent representation, union affiliation, the casting process, set etiquette, commercial financial formulas, as well as actor interaction and communication with the director and casting personnel. At the conclusion of the course, the student will have the information and tools to effectively begin the professional commercial audition process. Work will be taped for in-class critique.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 213 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 221 Physical Prep-Functional Training III

This course reviews and strengthens the physical techniques learned in Physical Preparation I and II and continues with a deeper investigation of the physical connection, impulse, partnering and improvising. Students gain additional control and strength over their physical technique through advanced warm-ups and exercises, and apply these technical skills to the rehearsal and performance of film and television text: both monologue and scene work. Students also gain an increased awareness of the importance of physicalization and relaxation/concentration in the communication of story in an acting scenario and in the establishment of genre, as well as the connection between voice and an actor's "type." Additionally, students explore how to vary levels of expressiveness with their voice and body to fit the camera and microphone, and how to release tension in the voice and body to more fully experience and communicate emotion on the text.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 122 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 222 Physical Prep-Functional Training IV

This course reviews and strengthens the physical techniques learned in Physical Preparation I, II and III, and continues with a deeper investigation of the physical connection, impulse, partnering and improvising. Students gain additional control and strength over their physical technique through advanced warm-ups and exercises, and apply these technical skills to the rehearsal and performance of film and television text: both monologue and scene work. Students also gain an increased awareness of the importance of physicalization and relaxation/concentration in the communication of story in an acting scenario and in the establishment of genre, as well as the connection between voice and an actor's "type." Additionally, students explore how to vary levels of expressiveness with their voice and body to fit the camera and microphone, and how to release tension in the voice and body to more fully experience and communicate emotion on the text.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 221 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 231 Speech I

This course has as its primary objective the development of clear, open, efficiently produced voice and consistently good Neutral American articulation. The International Phonetic Alphabet is taught to develop aural perception, visual signaling, kinesthetic awareness and as an aid in future speech and dialect work. Relaxation, optimal breathing and the correct placement of every sound in spoken English are the basic principles underlying the entire course. Foundations are set for the awareness, experience and practice of a free, relaxed, supported, and authentic voice unencumbered by habitual patterns thereby allowing a connected expression of thought, breath, emotion, voice, and speech to unify and emerge. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is further developed as a device for training the ear, enabling the student to be specific in the use of sounds and providing him with a method for approaching future work. In addition to aural awareness, the IPA training provides strong visual cues to phonemes. Careful focus on the distinct movements of the articulators connects kinesthetic learning.

3 credits

PAFT 232 Speech II

This course is directly related to Voice I and Speech I and will reinforce the objectives in that course and build into a greater understanding of Voice and Speech as it relates to Dialects. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is taught as a device for training the ear, enabling the student to be specific in the use of sounds and providing him with a method for approaching future work. In addition to aural awareness, the IPA training provides strong visual cues to phonemes. Careful focus on the distinct movements of the articulators connects kinesthetic learning. A minimum of three dialects will be introduced and the IPA will enable students to tackle vowel change and consonant sounds appropriate to: Southern, British and Irish dialects.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 231 Minimum Grade of C

PAFT 241 Alexander Technique I

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the Alexander technique, developed by F.M. Alexander in the late nineteeth century, to unlearn conditioned and habitual muscular patterns and free the natural voice.

Course Rotation: Fall

3 credits

PAFT 242 Alexander Techniques II

Course Description: This course is an exploration of advanced level work with the Alexander technique to unlearn conditioned and habitual muscular patterns and free the natural voice.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAFT 241 Minimum Grade of D

PAFT 271 Film Script Analysis

Course Description: In this course students will read, view, work with, and otherwise engage with a number of film/TV texts in order to establish an understanding of the specific analytical needs of actors in performing a script. Students will examine several approaches to text analysis, keeping a keen eye towards finding the approach that best serves in creating specific and meaningful choices for the character. Through readings, viewings, discussions, projects, and presentations, students will function as an artistic community, working together to question and analyze some of the meaningful works of the 111m/TV canon. Course Rotation: Fall

2 credits

PAFT 272 Television Script Analysis

This course is a continuation and deepening of the student's understanding of the value of analyzing text in order to discover who the characters are, what happens to them, the world they "live" in, to become the teller of their story. More complex scripts and characters with a rich sub-world, hinted at but not explained, will be introduced, as well as "bad" scripts that are over-explained and obvious so the actor needs to create something behind tbe words, flesh them out and give them a texture oflife. All the separate elements are gieaned, each of them understood and explored in how they work individually and in concert, then they are fit together in a balanced interpretation.

2 credits