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Virtual Acting for the Camera

Created by Ruthie Tutterow

The unit is adapted for a virtual environment.

The purpose of this unit is for students to know the differences and practice skills for film versus stage acting. They should also know the basic vocabulary of acting for the camera. It will also be helpful for them to get practice in editing. By seeing both sides of the camera, they will gain valuable experience in seeing what works from both the producing and acting side. Students will be able to see and reflect on their work.

Standards Addressed

The overview lays out the objective, equipment requirements, lesson format and assessment plan for the unit.
1: Differences Between Stage Acting and Film Acting & Vocabulary
Students will be able to identify some of the major differences between acting for the stage and the camera. They will also be able to understand and use vocabulary that is specific to working on film sets and acting for the camera.
2: Exercises in Acting for the Camera
Students will watch some of a workshop in acting for the camera and do some exercises that help them practice some of the differences between stage acting and film acting.
3: Finding Your Quality
After discussing the essence and quality of their favorite actors, students will record themselves having a conversation. Then they will transcribe their conversation and perform it as a script. These “scenes” will be recorded. Students will then be assigned to describe the “quality” of a fellow student.
4: Commercials
Students will act in and direct a commercial. They will break down a script into shots to “cover” the script. They will also format a script into video and audio. Actors will need to hit marks, make a point concisely, and hit the time format of the commercial. They should use the acting techniques for film as much as possible. Students will also need to think creatively to work in socially distant circumstances.

Standards Addressed

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

MS 117.211 LI - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.A - identify and apply audience etiquette at all performances.

HS 117.317 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.G - develop and practice memorization skills.

Alberta, Canada

Playwriting - Drama 20

5 - write a scenario

Improvisation/Acting Level III - Advanced

26 - pick up cues effectively

31 - recite text from memory

Improvisation/Acting Level I - Beginning

5 - create and tell a story spontaneously

Junior Goal I Objectives

strengthen powers of concentration

Ontario, Canada

Grade 12 - Creating and Presenting - Presentation Techniques & Technologies

A.3.2 - use different acting approaches to explore and depict character in a variety of situations

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