MI5021 - Directing Actors

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What will I learn on this module?

Directing actors for the screen focuses on the skills and practices used by directors when working with actors in film and television. This practice-based module will explore the craft of the director through a series of practical workshops leading onto a short video production. Aspects of drama production for the screen such as casting, rehearsal and textural interpretation are covered in this module.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a series of practice-based workshops, seminars and lectures. The module culminates in a practical project where students collaborate in the research, development and realisation of a short, 5 minute fiction production based on a self written script.

The module will consist of core lectures and seminars. The lectures, which will also contain student-tutor discussion and use of visual/textual materials, will deliver the major ideas, themes and examples. The supporting seminars will provide a student-centered forum in which to deepen the exploration of the ideas raised within the lectures. Lecture materials, seminar guidelines and module information will be placed upon the eLearning Portal for ease of access.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module will be delivered through practical workshops, supported by group tutorials. The tutor will enable discussions on the key dynamics of directing actors in an in-depth manner. The practical workshops will be structured to reflect the core issues and themes of the module. You will work in groups to devise and create short practical exercises in response to assigned tasks.

You will work in a group to create a final short drama piece with an individual written critical evaluation of the project.

Further one to one tutorials can be arranged also.

You will then receive written feedback on your final summative submissions which will detail areas that could be improved in future work. You will also be offered the opportunity to receive further verbal feedback following this formal assessment, so that they can follow up any concerns you have regarding your critical development and future learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Understand the key skills to direct actors, work with text and the principles of shot sizes and camera placement.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Show how the creative and critical contexts underpin the practice of casting and directing actors for fictional film.

3. Evidence of creativity and imagination in the creation of a short fictional film whereby the actor/character is key.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Show awareness of ethical concerns regarding working with actors.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is offered during the practical workshops – this takes the form of feedback on completion of learning tasks designed to enable you to acquire the appropriate skills needed to complete the final project.

Formative feedback with regard to the independent learning project is offered to each group through a formal progress session offered at a mid point in the process. Groups are required to present a mid point verbal report.

Summative assessment is through submission of a practical group project accompanied by an individual written evaluation (approx. 3000 words equivalent).

The practical project involves working in small groups to produce a fully realised and edited short film based on a drama script written during this module (a sequence of between 3-5 minutes delivered on 2 DVDs).

On completion of this practical project you will attend a screening and group critique designed to encourage you to share your work and engage with formative peer assessment processes.

You will also be assessed individually by a written critical evaluation of your contribution to the module as a whole, and specifically the
contribution made to the production described above. This should document and reflect upon your engagement with the work of the module.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

Directing Actors for the screen focuses on the skills and practices used by directors when working with actors in film and television. This practice-based module will explore the craft of the director through a series of workshops leading into a short drama production. Aspects of drama production for the screen include casting, rehearsal and interpretation of script to screen.

Delivered through a series of practice-based workshops, seminars and lectures. The module culminates in a practical project where students collaborate in the research, development and realisation of a sequence.

Course info

UCAS Code P310

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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