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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Acting for Film

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.
Length:
Version 1: 37.5 hours (1 week). Version 2: 45 hours (1 week).
Dates:

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

Objectives:

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize the importance of acting technique and the actor's technical understanding to performing scenes for the camera; discuss the integration of the voice and body into performance; examine the basic structure of monologues; discuss how the mechanics of film affect the choices the actor makes in approaching text; be able to discuss film as a visual medium; modulate a performance to fit the framing of shots, from establishing to close-up; apply text analysis to scripted material; prepare two contrasting monologues;and examine the roles of the director with an emphasis on how these roles affect the choices an actor makes in his/her performance. Version 2: Students will be able to: 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; utilize 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 an actor makes in performance; and be able to discuss film as a visual medium.

Instruction:

Version 1 and 2: Acting for film and scene study are the two principal areas of concentration in this introductory program. These areas coincide in the creation of short, filmed scenes in which students act. Students are exposed to classes in acting technique, monologues, voice and movement, audition techniques, including cold reading technique and the business of acting and film craft, which explore the language of film and how films are made.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (8/07) (8/08) (8/14 revalidation). NOTE: This course overlaps in content with ACT103, ACT104, ACT107, and ACT108. 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.

Location:
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.
Length:
Version 1:107.5 hours (3 weeks). Version 2: 84 hours (3 weeks).
Dates:

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

Objectives:

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the basics of acting technique and an approach to performing scenes for the camera and live performance; recognize the differences in performance levels between live performance and camera performance; identify given circumstances and subtext and their application to the playing of a scene; realize and begin to practice the integration of voice and body into performance; apply learning to voice-over text; discuss and practice the essential skills of monologues for performance; discuss the mechanics of filming and editing and how they affect the choices the actor makes in approaching text; analyze a scene for the purpose of cold reading and define the essential elements for effective delivery of it in the absence of the complete narrative; safely execute staged punches, falls, and rolls. Version 2: Students will be able to: 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-ups; utilize 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 an actor makes in performance; and discuss film as a visual medium.

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 and edited scenes in which students act. In addition, students perform films shot by the filmmaking students and also perform in a final live presentation, performing their choice of either a scene or a monologue. Students are also exposed to classes in acting technique, monologues, voice and movement, stage combat, audition techniques, including cold reading technique and the business of acting, and film craft, which explores the language of film and how films are made.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1 or 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 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, ACT104, ACT107, and ACT108. 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.

Location:
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.
Length:
Version 1:145 hours (4 weeks). Version 2:108 hours (4 weeks).
Dates:

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

Objectives:

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the basics of acting technique and an approach to performing scenes for the camera and live performance; recognize the differences in performance levels between live performance and camera performance; 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; identify and use given circumstances and subtext and their application to the playing of a scene; put into use the basic elements of listening and agreement and act freely through the use of improvisation skills; realize and begin to practice the integration of voice and body into performance through an awareness of the use of breath and body alignment; apply learning to voice-over text; utilize the essential skills of monologues for performing in contrasting pieces; analyze a scene for the purpose of cold reading and define the essential elements for effective delivery of it in the absence of the complete narrative; safely execute staged punches, falls, and rolls; create a resume, compose a cover letter, and recognize what makes a good headshot for actors; fit into a film shoot by knowing how the mechanics of film affect the choices the actor makes in approaching text. Version 2: Students will be able to: discuss a 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; and examine the role of the director with an emphasis on how this role affects the choices an actor makes in performance.

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 are cast in original, short films shot by the filmmaking students and also perform in a final live presentation, performing their choice of either a scene or a monologue. Supporting this activity, students are also exposed to classes in acting technique, monologues, voice and movement, stage combat, audition techniques, including cold reading technique and the business of acting, and film craft, which explores the language of film and how films are made.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 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, ACT107, and ACT108. 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.

Location:
New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.
Length:
189 hours (6 weeks).
Dates:

September 2009 - December 2019.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, 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; and examine the role of the director with an emphasis on how this role affects the choices an actor makes in performance.

Instruction:

Acting for film, scene study, and acting for TV are the principal areas of concentration in this advanced workshop designed for student actors with prior training. These areas coincide in the creation of a thesis film project and student films shot by the filmmaking students, in which the students act. Script analysis, monologues, voice and movement, comedy, improvisation, cold reading, the business of acting, stage combat, editing for actors, and make-up supplement instruction and inform the final scenes and presentations. In addition, students perform their choice of either a monologue or scene for an invited audience at the completion of the workshop.

Credit recommendation:

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 (8/14). NOTE: This course overlaps in content with ACT101, ACT103, ACT104, and ACT108. 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.

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.

Objectives:

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.

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

Version 1: 90 hours (12 weeks). Version 2: 108 hours (12 weeks).

Dates:

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

Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: break a scene down into beats and 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 a close-up; put to use dramatic action, observation, and characterization through scene work; and apply text analysis to scripted material.

Instruction:

Version 1 and 2: This course provides instruction in the basics of film acting, including: calibrating performances based on shot size and angle, hitting marks, emotional and physical continuity, strength, and imagination in acting choices. Students are assigned scenes from produced screenplays which are then shot and edited with a crew. Students also learn to perform a number of film crew positions to broaden their knowledge of all duties on a professional film set.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (8/08). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (8/08) (8/14 revalidation). NOTE: This course overlaps in content with ACT101, ACT103, ACT104, ACT 107 and ACT108. 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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