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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

ACT108 Eight-Week Acting for Film Workshop

Course Category: 
Location: 
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 216 hours (8 weeks).

Dates: 

Version 1: September 2007 - July 2014. Version 2: August 2014 - December 2019.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss film as a visual medium; break a scene down into beats, assign an action to each beat, create an emotional arc, establish an objective, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to achieving the objective; play an action; modulate a performance to fit the framing of shots, from establishing to close-up; put to use dramatic action, observation, and characterization through scene work; apply text analysis to scripted material; prepare two contrasting monologues; connect the body and voice to scripted materials; increase flexibility through body awareness and yoga exercises; refine listening skills and ensemble playing through improvisation; recognize the essential choices needed for effective execution of cold readings, making effective use of physical and emotional life; create marketing tools essential for the actor, such as headshot, cover letter, postcards, etc. and a strategy for their implementation; examine the roles of the editor, director, and cinematographer with an emphasis on how these roles affect the choices an actor makes in performance; perform a Shakespeare soliloquy and expand on the range of emotional life. Version 2: Students will be able to: discuss film as a visual medium; break a scene down into beats and assign an action to each beat and create an emotional arc; establish an objective and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to achieving the objective; play an action; modulate a performance to fit the framing of shots, from establishing to close-up; put to use dramatic action, observation, and characterization through scene work; apply text analysis to scripted material; prepare two contrasting monologues; connect the body and voice to scripted material; increase flexibility through body awareness (yoga and pilates exercises); refine listening skills and ensemble playing through improvisation; recognize the essential choices needed for effective execution of cold readings; demonstrate effective use of physical and emotional life; examine the role of the director with an emphasis on how this role affects the choices actors make in performance; and create marketing tools essential for the actor (headshot, cover letter, post cards, etc.) and a strategy to implement these tools.

Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: Acting for film and scene study are the two principal areas of concentration in this intensive program. These areas coincide in the creation of short, filmed scenes in which students act. In addition, students participate in a production workshop acting in short films involving filmmaking students. Students are also exposed to classes in monologues, voice and movement, Shakespeare, improvisation, audition techniques, including cold reading techniques and the business of acting, and film craft, which expose students to the language of film, how films are made, and the effects that these roles have on the choices an actor makes.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (8/07) (8/08) (8/14 revalidation). NOTE: This course overlaps in content with ACT101, ACT103, ACT104, and ACT107. The maximum amount of recommended credit for any combination of these courses is 6 semester hours. Further, these courses overlap with the One-Year Acting for Film Program. If a student progresses to the One-Year Program, only the recommended credits in the One-Year Program should apply.

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