Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 1/11;11/12;11/13; 11/14

1. Description -
Application of concepts developed in the stage acting classes with the necessary adaptations required for film and television auditioning and performance. Work with the variety of styles currently used in film and television, including commercial, dramatic, documentary and industrial. Class time will be divided between lecture, workshops and on-camera performance time to learn and experiment with the subject matter.
Prerequisite: THTR 20A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Recognize the actor's place in the film and television production scheme, from union affiliations and business practices to performance and work.
  2. Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of‚"typing" for the camera, including appropriate wardrobe selections.
  3. Demonstrate a familiarity of the processes by which actors are interviewed, auditioned, cast and utilized for all forms of media production.
  4. Recognize and apply body and facial movement, and voice modulation as they pertain to camera acting styles.
  5. Demonstrate skills in the practice and performance of script work for the camera, and the subsequent critiquing of the work, including self evaluation.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of playing to camera shot size, camera angle, and continuity of takes.
  7. Utilize contemporary acting methodologies to enable a performance-ready shoot.
  8. Present skilled performances for local professionals, casting and talent agents.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Flexible, open-space classroom with adequate lighting and rehearsal furniture and properties.
  2. Adequate video equipment for taping and playback of in-class exercises and scenework, including camera, tripod, monitor, and blank video tapes.
  3. Qualified Teaching Assistant for tutorial and technical support, including running camera, playback and editing of student work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. The Business: headshots/resumes, agents, unions, auditions, work (Lec)
  2. Analyzing and promoting your "type" (Lec)
    1. Identify multiple prominent types and qualities of self and others (Lab)
  3. Camera acting vs stage acting (Lec)
    1. Translate monologues and scene work to appropriate camera performance. (Lab)
  4. Listening and Reacting on Camera (Lec)
    1. Utilize script exercises to practice effective listening and reacting on camera (Lab)
  5. Scene Work/Active Choices, Specificity (Lec)
    1. Rehearse and perform assigned scene work. (Lab)
  6. Shooting, shot size, eye-lines, continuity (Lec)
    1. Incorporate adjustments for a variety of camera angles and positioning, and the use of properties into prepared scene work. (Lab)
  7. Camera ready scene work‚ working without rehearsal (Lec)
    1. Utilize "Trigger Approach" or comparable methodologies for effective script analysis and subsequent performance-ready scene work. (Lab)
  8. Camera workshops with guest artists (Lec)
    1. Perform monologues and/or assigned cold reading for guest professionals. (Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Prepared marketing materials
  2. Cooperative learning assignments
  3. Presentations/performance of videotaped projects -- prepared monologues, scenes, and various sides and commercial copy
  4. Written work/script analysis
  5. Participation and critique
7. Representative Text(s) -
Barr, Tony. Acting for the Camera. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012.
Bialy, Sharon. How to Audition on Camera. Thomaston, Maine: Cadent Publishing, 2012.
White, Daniel L. Acting for Film and Television. 2nd ed. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

8. Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion outlining the business side of Film and Television acting careers.
  2. Group analysis, discussion and presentations, monitored by instructor.
  3. Individual presentation of assigned exercises and prepared work, followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. Videotaped performance reviewed and critiqued by class and instructor.
  5. Practice exercises on-camera intended for self-evaluation comfort and adjustments, guided by instructor.
10. Lab Content -
  1. Rehearsal of monologues in groups, and one on one with a coach.
  2. Rehearsal of scenes with partners.
  3. Group and individual work on script analysis exercises.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading of assigned textbooks and scripts.
  2. Script analysis of assigned plays.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in Theatre Arts.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-03 11:15:15

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines