Miskin Theatre Assignment Oct 2013 - Jan 2014 Assignment Cover Sheet Assignment Reference: Title: Date Set

: Units: Timing within Course: Time Span: Submission Deadline: BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (QCF) Miskin Theatre Acting for Camera and Screen Performance 29th October 2013 Unit 1 Acting for Camera (all Criteria) Unit 43 Naturalistic Acting (all criteria) Term 1 29th October to Jan 6th 2014 Tumblr Diary in by 29th November 2013 Evaluation in by 29th November 2013 Written test to be taken on 8th November 2013 Essay due in by 6th January 2014 As well as working with directors and other company members, independent study is essential. Research is necessary, proof of which will be in your Tumblr diary. Contribution in rehearsal will be observed as evidence. Notebooks and correct material will be required. Your Tumblr diary as well as the company blog will form essential evidence, and this includes blogged entries, director notes, comments and evaluations

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Directors in charge of Assignment: Gavin Brocker Relevant Departmental Notes: Assessment throughout this course is essentially formative, company members can re-visit criteria to arrive at their final assessment grades. Evidence: This will be in the form of blogs/logs, observed participation, director observation, video recordings, written test, essay and research notes This project is inextricably linked to all other performances English: Please bear in mind your industry requires eloquent use of English and accurate use of figures, to which end, the continuing development of these skills are firmly embedded inside all your work. BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (QCF) Brief IV’d by Lucy Flack October 14th 2013 Gavin Brocker

Miskin Theatre Assignment Oct 2013 - Jan 2014 Note on copyright and plagiarism: This process will require independent research. Copying from the internet and additional sources is not appropriate and violates copyright and will be classed as plagiarism unless fully annotated and credited. You must make your work your own. We need to see that you have an understanding of the areas that you have researched. Copying work directly from ANY source will not be tolerated. If you quote ANY existing material you must put it in quotation marks and in brackets, attribute the source / author. For example: “Copying is cheating” (Robbie McGovan, 2013, Miskin Theatre) This brief is available in larger font sizes, on coloured paper and via your company Tumblr Site. PLEASE SEE SEPARATE UNITS/CRITERIA SHEETS ON COMPLETION OF THIS PROJECT YOU SHOULD: Unit 1 Acting for Camera 1 Understand how film and television processes affect performance to camera. 2 Be able to use camera acting techniques. 3 Be able to take part in the performance of rehearsed material to camera. 4 Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the process and performance. Unit 43 Naturalistic Acting 1 Understand the aims and context of the movement towards Naturalism in acting. 2 Be able to apply appropriate preparation and rehearsal skills in working towards a naturalistic performance. 3 Be able to participate as an actor in a performance in a naturalistic style 4 Be able to evaluate own achievement in the preparation, rehearsal and performance of dramatic work in a naturalistic style.

BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (QCF) Brief IV’d by Lucy Flack October 14th 2013

Gavin Brocker

Miskin Theatre Assignment Oct 2013 - Jan 2014

THE BRIEF “Theatre acting is an operation with a scalpel. Movie acting is an operation with a laser” Michael Caine on film acting. Working as a film actor you strive to be as natural and believable as you can be. There are lots of different approaches and methods that practitioners, directors and actors have used throughout the years. Most of which, all have one thing in common: They all aim to create the most believable performance possible in the most naturalistic way. Acting for camera is a significant area of work for the professional actor. The digital age has brought with it more opportunities for actors to work on products for television, film, DVD and the multimedia industry. Whilst the techniques required for camera acting have something in common with those required for live theatre, the recorded medium makes particular and different demands on the performer. As actors you need to understand how to approach a role in front of the camera and how to develop the discipline to be ready on cue. You will be introduced to the specific technical and creative demands made of the performer when working on a film/ television/digital video/multimedia production. You will develop an understanding of the professional processes involved in producing work for a film/television/digital video/multimedia production in as much as they affect the working practices of the actor. As well as acting you will learn and understand how an active crew works on set. You will take turns in various roles of the crew filming the actors work when you are not acting, giving you the experience and understanding of what professionalism is required on set. These roles will include, Director, First Assistant Director, Continuity Supervisor, Boom Operator, D.O.P, Runners and Camera Operator. You will be looking at lots of different approaches to screen acting but we will focus on Naturalism. Please note that, as well as extensive research into the subject matter, it is imperative that you look at the following practitioners in relation to the work: Konstantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. When researching the work of these practitioners, bear in mind that they have all influenced and inspired each other in some way, which, in turn, should inspire you in relation to this project and your craft. I look forward to working with you on this process. Aim and Purpose: The aim of unit 1 is to enable actors to develop and practice the acting skills necessary to act for camera. To have an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of the crew on set that produce the work for film/ television/digital video/multimedia production. The aim of this unit 43 is for actors to understand the historical basis and principles of a naturalistic approach to acting. This unit also gives actors the skills they need to undertake performance in a naturalistic style. What you need to do BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (QCF) Gavin Brocker Brief IV’d by Lucy Flack October 14th 2013

Miskin Theatre Assignment Oct 2013 - Jan 2014 1) Read the ‘Acting for Camera handbook’ and discuss the production process that affects performance to camera and roles and responsibilities of Production personnel: knowing the roles and responsibilities of the production and technical team; working with different production personnel e.g. studio and floor management, lighting and camera operators, props, wardrobe, makeup, special effects. (Unit 1 GC 1.1, 1.2) 2) Research and perform contrasting formats for TV. (Prepare for a commercial casting, interview/documentary, soap opera scenes, comedy and drama). (Unit 1 GC 1.3, GC 2.1 &GC 3.1) 3) Research and demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of key production personnel in your log book.(Unit 1 GC 1.2 ) 4) Create a research pack that explains the aims and the context of movement towards naturalistic acting specifically looking at the work of Konstantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. (Unit 43 GC 1.1 &1.2) 5) Complete a written test on acting for camera and production personnel. You should achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. This will help enhance your knowledge on key production personnel and how production process affects your performance to camera. (Unit 1 GC 1.2 & 1.3) 6) Write a detailed day to day logbook analysing the production process and compare theatre performance to TV/film performance. This should also include how you prepare material for a naturalistic performance. (Unit 1 GC1.3&Unit 43 GC 2.1) 7) Demonstrate being a part of a range of shots, retakes, hitting marks, pickups, one shot sequences, quick turnaround etc (Unit 1 GC2.2) 8) Rehearse the scenes that are given to you, taking on director notes and showing evidence of this in your actor’s logbook. (Unit 1 GC2.1, GC 3.1&3.2 &GC 43 2.2) 9) Film and record the scenes applying the acting skills you have learnt, responding to directorial and technical instructions. (Unit 1 GC3.1&Unit 43 GC 3.1) 10) Write a 2000-2500 word essay on naturalistic acting. (Essay title to be set at a later date) (Unit 43 GC 1.1 &1.2) 11) Write an overall evaluation on the filming process analysing yourself and others throughout, and as seen on screen (rushes). Identify skills and techniques you need to develop by creating an action plan. This should be a minimum of 500 words. (Unit 1 GC4.1, 4.2) 12) Evaluate and analyse your own preparation, rehearsal process and performance of naturalistic acting using appropriate critical vocabulary. (Unit 43 4.1)

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BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (QCF) Brief IV’d by Lucy Flack October 14th 2013 Gavin Brocker

Miskin Theatre Assignment Oct 2013 - Jan 2014

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BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (QCF) Brief IV’d by Lucy Flack October 14th 2013

Gavin Brocker