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Acting for the Camera (THTR 1166)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course provides you with the fundamentals necessary to act in front of the camera for film, television, and commercials. You will practice with the 4 basic camera shots in exercises as you read and respond to key acting texts focused on camera acting. You will learn how to conduct yourself on the set and how to rehearse and perform in collaboration with a director. You will practice audition fundamentals, learning how to get the part, put together and resume, receive a photo headshot, and explore local Twin Cities on-camera work opportunities. Acting or directing experience is preferred, but not required.

Topical Outline:
1. History and evolution of 20th Century camera acting technique
2. Current fundamentals of on-camera acting theory and practice
3. Applied on-camera acting performance exercises
4. Fundamentals of auditioning for on-camera work
5. Headshots, resume preparation, cold reading instruction and practice
6. Exploration of local Twin Cities Area on-camera acting opportunities and agent representation

Learning Outcomes:
1. Articulate the history and evolution of 20th century camera acting technique
2. Act skillfully in front of a camera as actor and/or on-camera spokesperson
3. Understand on-the-set terminology, structural hierarchy of production teams, on-the-set procedures and protocol
4. Access acting opportunities in the Twin Cities film and television industry
5. Assemble for use an actor portfolio, including headshot photo and resume

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts