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Stanislavsky asked his actor to write the personal diaries of the characters they play. So do I. Who am I to argue with Stanislavsky?
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[I can't find the file. Here are my notes for THR221 Intermediate Acting]
Monologues are the warmups for 221, should know from 121. Also, the reading so far -- Fundamentals of Acting (Actor Checklist, 267-68). Appendix C (Forms), 449 The textbook!
 2/3 Set: Time-Space construction. Self-Directing: Floor plan. Mise-en-scene. Ch. 8. Menagerie, 81- , Miller, 85
Four Techniques (Scene Study: Realism, ch. 16)
1. Personalization (Characterization, 5 Ws, Vocal and Master-gesture). Choices. Walk, posture, center of gravity (age), accent, etc.
2. Pantomimic dramatization (Improv, Situation + Character)
1) Scene exprolation, 2) character development.
3. Charter motivation (Objectives and Obstacles). Text, subtext, inner monologue.
4. Visualization (movement, stage business, prop, floor plan). Levels, vertical and hirisontal reading.
1. Dramatic analysis
3. Improv as r. method (switch roles)
4. Improv with the text
5. BLOCKING AND CHOICES
6. Interrupted run for rhythm and tempo. Other structures.
7. Self-reflection, postmortem, analysis of performance text (forms) Role analysis in place of Character analysis.
Collect the Actor's Texts. For drama monologues.
 2/5 Comedy Monologue due. Scenes: breakdown. Research and preparation. Scene selection for Midterm due. End of the book. Pinter 376-7, Shepard 409-411.
Comedy monologues (memorized) papers before the performance.
Monologue grade -- Performance, paperwork. Back with my comments.
HOMEWORK; most of the work MUSt be done outside of class. Class is for instructions, demonstrations (performance), work on target areas and feed backs.
Working on your own is expected after 121. Memorization is technical aspect, like reading or writing. Different skills, not acting.
You can a lot or little from the class. Acting means active -- your initiative.
Our 90 min.:
1) 8 x 5 min = 40. (scenes -- 10 min.)
2) Rev. -- 10 min.
3) New material (lecture) 30 min.
4) 10 min -- group exercises
I have to sacrifice everybody presentation every class, to catch up with the missing in the past.
Missing class -- you don't an A. You have to make up for the missed class. No grades for Fri, 13 Acting for the Camera workshops.
Overview of the task: Scenes, Camera, Method, Style (brief) -- non-realistic theatre.
To be ready for directors. Ready to work. Why resume, auditions? Like hiring for a real job. Knowing and doing/using. Next to your history class. (Talk I gave to 200x. Actor's mind and attitude.) View from the other side -- struggle. Give me a break! -- No breaks.
If you are behind, let me know -- send e-mail. A constant dialogue, not monologues like in other classes.