ACV120 - The Actor's Body

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Subject Title
The Actor's Body

Subject Description
This course enables students to understand and apply an increased awareness of the body as instrument as a critical piece in a successful performance. Students are introduced to a physical discipline in which the entire body must be alive and engaged for the face to be expressive on camera, and how such physical expression augments working with text.

Credit Status
Acting for Camera and Voice Diploma

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Develop and recreate (basic) individual movement phrases for use in solo class exercises and ensemble pieces.
2. Examine, through practical exercises, the tension or stress patterns that inhibit our bodies and to start to verbally identify their own stress patterns.
3. Define a natural state of being, free from poor body habits and be able to return to this state through the use of a variety of relaxation and alignment techniques.
4. Signify "relationship" by creating phrases of movement in pairs, based on emotions, and recreate it consistently in performance.
5. Successfully challenge themselves to push beyond their identified habitual, physical limitations.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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