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THEA257 Special Topic: Acting for the Camera

A practical and theoretical exploration of techniques and conventions of acting for the camera.

Students learn primarily through practical workshops taught by internationally renowned film-acting coach Miranda Harcourt.

Paper title Special Topic: Acting for the Camera
Paper code THEA257
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (13 November 2017 - 15 December 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
THEA 151 or THEA 153
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with THEA 357 passed in 2017.
Contact
Students should contact Hilary Halba (hilary.halba@otago.ac.nz), who is the co-ordinator of the paper.
Teaching staff
The paper will be taught primarily by Miranda Harcourt, who is an internationally renowned acting coach for film. Miranda's work has included:
  • Coach on feature films, including the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award nominated film Lion;
  • Coach to actors including Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Dev Patel and Saoirse Ronan;
  • Former Head of Acting at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School.
Paper Structure
The paper will be taught through weekly 1-hour lectures and three 3-hour workshops for the first four weeks of the pre-Christmas Summer School (PXSS) period. The final week of the PXSS period will involve performance assessment.
Textbooks
Readings will be drawn from the following books, which will be available in the University of Otago Central Library:
  • Baron, Cynthia, Diane Carson and Frank P. Tomasulo (eds.). More Than Method: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Film Performance. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004.
  • Churcher, Mel. Acting For Film: Truth 24 Times a Second. London: Virgin, 2003.
  • Kramer, Peter and Alan Lovell. Screen Acting. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2014.
  • Robertson Wojcik, Pamela. Movie Acting: The Film Reader. New York and London: Routledge, 2004.
  • Taylor, Aaron. Theorizing Film Acting. New York : Taylor and Francis 2012.
  • Tucker, Patrick. Secrets of Screen Acting (3rd ed.). New York and London: Routledge 2015.
Course outline
Please conatct Hilary Halba (hilary.halba@otago.ac.nz) for the course outline.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, teamwork, self-motivation, lifelong learning, scholarship, critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this paper students will:
  • Develop an understanding of the principles and practices that govern film acting and an enhanced ability to contrast these processes with those governing live performance;
  • Apply concepts, principles and ideas to do with screen acting to a practical environment;
  • Gain the ability to perform collaboratively and autonomously as required in the high pressure and technically challenging creative environment of a film set;
  • Evaluate, assess and critically reflect upon one's own performance and one's ability to integrate knowledge and practice;
  • Be able to draw upon and develop theory to inform performance and reflection.
Eligibility
If students have not met the prerequisite, they need to have practical experience in performance, so they would need to present a performance CV to the Programme Co-ordinator.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (13 November 2017 - 15 December 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 46-49

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 46-50
Wednesday 10:00-12:50 46-49
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 46-50
Paper title Special Topic
Paper code THEA257
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard