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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The work that actors do on screen has had little attention in film studies. In this subject students will look at a wide range of screen performances, from Hollywood to French New Wave, CGI films and music videos. Lectures will use film clips to introduce key concepts, and students will explore the concepts in creative exercises, using video cameras, mobile screens, and the sound studio. Students will look at acting styles in comedy, melodrama, horror and musicals; they will explore the effect of the star system on screen acting, and they will do a written analysis of a star performance of a public figure. Students will explore voice-acting in animation and CGI films; they will also explore Kirby's acting spectrum and Labans' basic efforts by devising a live performance incorporating a music video and small screens. Students will develop group creative projects for the final assessment and presentation. No prior performance or production experience is required. This subject is a core for Creative Arts students and it is open to students from any degree or major.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTerrie Waddell

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesAnalysing 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. 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. Contribute to a group project requiring research and development, presentation, class feedback and evaluation.

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

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

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