SCREEN + SOUND PERFORMANCE

MSS2PER

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we begin by looking at the difference between live performance and screen acting. We do some work in the sound studio and record a group scene that explores the spectrum between not-acting and complex-acting. Students discuss the effect of the star system on screen performance and the modern self. They analyse star performances of a public figure: e.g., Michelle Williams performing Marilyn Monroe, Lady Gaga performing David Bowie, Ernie Dingo performing Tudawali, Nicole Kidman performing Virginia Woolf. In the second part of the subject we look at voice acting in animation and CGI films, and remake a soundtrack. Students then explore acting in genres such as comedy, melodrama, horror, musicals, reality TV. Finally, we explore the concept of affective performance, with students devising a live performance incorporating a music video and small screens. Students will have the opportunity to direct, record and/or perform in these creative exercises. No performance or production experience is required.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFelicity Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Capacity to characterise and compare different types of screen and sound performance and apply key concepts to star performances in selected films.

Activities:
Analysing a range of screen and sound performances, applying concepts from lectures and readings. Essay on a selected sceen and sound performance demonstrating grasp of relevant concepts.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Ability to collaborate in small groups to devise creative solutions to conceptual problems in screen and sound performance.

Activities:
Workshop exercises in small groups exploring key concepts covered in lectures. Devising creative ways to explore issues such as voice-acting, Computer Generated Performances and genre-specific styles of acting.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Capacity to contribute independent research to the development of a creative project. Ability to respond to group presentations and participate in evaluation of group projects.

Activities:
Contribute to a group project requiring research and development, presentation, class feedback and evaluation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFelicity Collins

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 41
Ten 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via blended.
"Access to desktop computer, internet, USB inputs, good screen and sound playback with blackout windows and DVD player."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Access to new Menzies Theatre facilities for breakout groups to devise, rehearse, record and playback creative exercises. Access to sound studio for 2 x 2hour workshops. These needs have been discussed with Rachel Croft, Ian Armet and Margaret Purdham."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1500-word Essay analysing a star performace by applying key concepts from lectures and reading40 01
participation in four workshop exercises equivalent to 750 words, worth 5% eachStudents will be required to present and discuss their creative exercises in 4 creative workshops, and to respond to questions from the class.20 02
one 1500 word equivalent group presentation of a creative project, including written report.Students will be required to respond to group presentations in class, as well as present their group project and write an individual report.40 03