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Acting On Camera TPP 3264C-0001 (19363) Fall 2019 - Class Time Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 - 5 Professor: Be Boyd Phone 407 823 -0872 Email - [email protected] Office Hours Monday - 12 1 Tuesday - 12 - 2 Wednesday - by appointment Thursday 12 2 Friday by appointment Location PAC 110 Enrollment Requirements and catalog description TPP 4265C - Camera Acting Credit Hours: 3 Class Hours: 3 Lab and Field Work Hours: 2 Contact Hours: 5 Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in TPP 4140C. Application of previous acting training to the TV/Film medium.

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Camera Acting - Fall 19.pdfFall 2019 - Class Time –Tuesday/Thursday – 2:30 - 5
Professor: Be Boyd
Enrollment Requirements and catalog description
TPP 4265C - Camera Acting Credit Hours: 3 Class Hours: 3 Lab and Field Work Hours: 2 Contact Hours: 5 Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in TPP 4140C. Application of previous acting training to the TV/Film medium.
Academic Calendar Link:
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will cover three major areas: • Developing and/or advancing basic screen acting skills including playing for various
camera shots and angles, continuity, reaction shots, motion capture, etc • Television and film genres (i.e primetime drama, sitcom, commercials, romantic comedy,
reality tv, horror, action) and auditioning for film/television (including self- taping and developing material for website or reel)
• Small class film production projects 1) outside of class in collaboration with the Nicholson Film School and 2) in class with your colleagues (including acting, directing, editing, camera op, etc – see list of responsibilities below in syllabus) in order to create material from the production projects for your reel/website and to gain an introductory understanding and appreciation for basic responsibilities on a set
Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes:
• Continue to demonstrate a comfortable camera presence - to learn to be intimate,
personal and specific for the camera • Develop actors’ skills with on-camera blocking (camera angles), business, subtext, and
reactions • Continue to develop and demonstrate an understanding of performing the various
styles for film and television (i.e. commercials, sit com, primetime, reality TV, popular film styles, mockumentary, etc.)
• To continue to develop critical on-camera auditioning technique and performance evaluation skills both live and online submissions. The auditioning turn-around time will mirror the demands of the business, i.e you might get a side the day before. The goal is for you to develop and practice a process that will set you up for success during “tight turn-around” auditions. The expectation is that you will be performance and audition ready even if you have a 24 hour turn-around time.
• Demonstrate a very basic understanding of the on-camera production process • Produce a professional looking on camera acting reel from outside film projets and
in class production projects.
Additional Goals and Expectations for small production projects:
Students will develop skills that will allow them to: • Demonstrate an understanding of basic camera shots in front and behind the camera • Demonstrate an awareness of the production process for on-camera performance in
various genres (see description of responsibilities below) • Acquire very basic production skills for single and multiple camera production
Camera Acting Handout There is a Camera Acting Handout attached to this email. The handout contains important material such as: camera acting terms, websites that describe the process for self-taping, descriptions and images of basic camera shots and angles, a basic description of how to create a storyboard for directing a film shoot, Television and Film Genres and how to approach continuity. You are responsible for knowing the material on the handout as well as the material from the class. ***Students are required to bring your own SD card to class every day to have a record of your work. You will need at least two SD cards (perhaps more). As you will download, assess and edit your own work, you will not be allowed to use another classmates SD card. You will need the SDHC card 32GB. Once we start the production projects you are welcome to shoot on your I phone if you have the space- however, if you begin the project with your I phone, you must film the entire piece with it to match up the shots.
MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN WEEKLY SCHEDULE ***The syllabus may change according to the needs of the class.
II.Week 1 – 4 –August 26– September 20
I. UpLoaded Link for Weekly On Camera In Class Exercises– 100pts each
You will have daily on camera exercises that will be filmed and recorded on your own SD card. You will create a link from the class exercises you can share with the professor. You will upload the link of the on camera work from the previous weeks and write an observation paragraph responding to your work on camera. For example: the first week of class we will have exercises for two days of class. Choose at least four clips of your work to discuss. There will be a specific focus for the on camera exercises each day/week of class - your written paragraph should reflect your observation of your on camera work based on the particular goals of the class for the week. Discuss your growth from exercise to exercise and the challenges you are working through Once your compilation is complete, you should create a link you can then send to Professor Boyd (you can create links for youtube, dropbox, etc). Your observation should be between 100 and 150 words for each clip/exercise. The first compilation/link and written observation should be sent to Professor Boyd through email. Due date for each compilation. Due dates:
• Monday September 9 – 5pm • Monday September 30 – 5pm • Monday October 21 – 5pm • Monday November 11 - 5pm.
• 2.On Camera Exercises- 100pts each
This course will be experiential. Much of the learning will happen in class as you
explore techniques and exercises needed to adapt the craft of acting to the camera. You will participate in a series of exercises for self-discovery to answer, identify, confirm and practice the following: Who am I on camera? What is my on-camera presence? What do I need to change/shift to become camera friendly? Single camera.
• You will be assessed on: o Preparation of Assignment or Exercise o Continued Development and Demonstration of your on-camera presence/
personality o Demonstration of addressing the feedback received during the exercises
and assignments o Demonstration of growth in developing an effective camera presence that
is truthful to the style o How you approach and receive adjustments o Development and Demonstration of Talking, Listening and Responding
As we move toward scripted Material for specific television and film styles you will add the assessment of:
• Preparation of Assignment/Exercise • Demonstration of clear interpretation of content in script/scene and navigation of
copy/script • Demonstration of Clarity in Point of View • Demonstration of Character/Personality/Relationship in script/scene • Demonstration of Specificity of style • Demonstration of Vocal and Physical Choices for style • Demonstration of Continuity • Demonstration of adjustments for Camera angles/shots
• 3. Motion Capture Workshop – September 20
III.Week 5 – 8 –September 23– October 18
Outside of Class Projects
Collaboration with UCF Film and Media School Begins
o several of these projects will happen outside of class and will be considered Lab and Field work for the class. More details for the Nicholson Film and Media projects will follow as the students develop each project.
• 1.Film School Project- Casting for Narrative Film - Narrative Production Class – 200pts
• 2.Film School Project - Casting Call for UCF Film Projects – Call on Saturday October 5 - Required Audition Time TBA – 100 pts
o You will be required to audition for the Film Projects for the Nicholson School (UCF Film School)
• 3.Music Video Type Production –Videography Class - 200pts
• 4. Weekly Upload and Observation -
In Class Projects
• 4.Film and Television Styles/Auditioning for Styles– 200pts each
You will have a series of scenes that cover the variety of styles for television and film you will also be introduced to self-taping techniques.
You will be assessed on skills developed during on camera exercises, TV/Film style, self- tape work:
• Preparation of Assignment/Exercise • Demonstration of clear interpretation of content in sides/copy and navigation of
copy/script • Demonstration of Clarity in Point of View • Demonstration of Character/Personality/Relationship in script/scene • Demonstration of Specificity of style for the film, television genre • Demonstration of Vocal and Physical Choices for Audition Venue • Demonstration of self-taping technique – you will need a reader for this audition.
They might also double as camera op for your self- taping.
• 5. Weekly Compilation/Link and Written Observation – 100pts
IV.Week 9 – 14 –October 22–December 4
Outside of Class Projects
Continued Collaboration with UCF Film and Media School Begins
o projects will happen outside of class and will be considered Lab and Field work for the class. More details for the Nicholson Film and Media projects will follow as the students develop each project.
1. Rehearsals for Narrative Production Projects Begin -Nicholson Film School - November 7.
2.10 -15 Narrative Project – Nicholson Film School – Final Project for Film Students – 200pts
****There might be other projects with the Nicholson Film and Media School during this time as their classes develop them.
In Class Projects
• 3.Small Multiple Camera Production Projects ***See point value below for each assignment for each project Each of you will participate in short “one day shoot” production projects as a lead actor. We will begin the production projects on October 28. We will film one project per week with two actors in the leading roles and the other actors as “co-stars” and crew members. You can choose to write a script or re-create a pre-existing script. Either way, you must have your script completed/ or cut and uploaded to the UCF Camera Acting by October 15. Each finished edited project will be no shorter than 7 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes in length when the link is created. This project is designed to have material to add to your current website for your reel. When you are not the lead of a project (400 points), the other eight members of class will function as “costars” and crew members (200 points for costar and 200 points for crew assignment) you will rotate among these responsibilities, director, camera op, continuity, script supervisor/location scout, costumes/set dressing/props and 2 editors. As with your previous acting classes, your group will be responsible for costumes, creating your set (in this case, selecting a location for the shoot) and any special make-up. Each project must be shot during class time, which means you have roughly two hours and 10 minutes to shoot your project per class because you have to factor in set up, breakdown and travel time to and from location. See the specific breakdown of responsibilities after Grading below. All locations will be found on campus. I am also open to a different structure for the production projects.
Schedule for Production Projects:
The schedule for the production projects will be posted once you determine what your projects will be. The first project must begin by October 28 and the last project must be copleted by November 21. Once the filming of each project has been completed, the final edited version for each project must be uploaded to the Fall 19 Camera Acting page exactly a week after completion of the project by 10pm.
***Each project should be edited and uploaded a week after completion of the project.
***Upload finished project to UCF Camera Acting 19 face book page.
You will be graded on:
o Successful Demonstration of your assigned responsibility for each project (actor, director, etc.) – refer to the details for responsibilities of position listed in the Camera Acting Handout
o Preparation of Material (including lines, camera shots, location decision, shooting schedule, etc.) – refer to the details for responsibilities of position listed in the Camera Acting Handout
o Working Relationship with your team – collaboration, focus during filming, meeting deadlines
o Demonstration of Camera skills developed from previous assignments/exercises and all of the bullet points of assessment listed with them
V.Final Project – (Final Exam) – 400pts
A three minute compilation of the work you have done in class over the semester. Material should come from the previous major assignments and production projects. You can do one continuous 3 minute montage or 3 one minute montages. Material should be uploaded to your website and instructor provided with the link for website by Friday Dec. 6 no later than 5pm.
CLASS ROOM BEHAVIOR AND GRADING
• If you miss class, you must make up the work assigned for the day you missed and you must be prepared to participate fully in class exercises or performances upon the day of your return.
• If you are absent during a group performance or presentation, you will not be allowed to make up this assignment, unless you have a certified excused absence. In this case, the
other members of the group will be given an amended list of guidelines for completing the project without you.
• Your first unexcused absence will lower your final grade five points, your second unexcused absence will lower your grade 10 points (which will lower it a full letter), and your third unexcused absence will result in a failure of the course.
• Participating in a show is not a valid excuse for missing class or lack of preparation for an assignment.
• Cell phone use –Cell phones should only be used for taking notes or reading scripts. Please refrain from face book, twitter participation during class.
ONLY THE FOLLOWING ARE CONSIDERED EXCUSED ABSENCES:
• university sponsored and excused events
• serious illness that is documented by a doctor’s note
• death or serious illness in the immediate family – please be aware you may be asked to provide documentation
• Or see excused absences under UCF Core statements.
Attendance
• Acting training is a progressive process. Do not miss class. Acting training is about changing your technique and approach to acting. Every class is a valuable step toward altering your process.
• Punctual attendance for class - as for rehearsal calls - is mandatory. Repeated neglect of this will result in a lowering of the final grade. You will be given a daily attendance and participation grade. (Participation is defined as daily in class exercises and assignments and/or daily constructive, professional feedback for your classmates that is based on techniques in class.)
Instruction / Content
• Acting requires the use of mind, voice, and body, therefore there will be situations requiring a certain amount of physical contact between you and the instructor and the other students. You will work with the instructor and your partner/s to develop physicality
and/or physical contact that is comfortable for all parties involved and matches the given circumstances of the script.
• The class will include screenplays and materials which may express adult or controversial themes as well as strong language.
• You must inform the instructor during the first week of class if you have any physical challenges or otherwise that might impede your full participation and development of in class work. No need to go into details, just basic information to help the instructor understand your parameters and to set you up for success in the class.
• It is imperative that we treat each other with respect in the class. Respect includes: feedback that is constructive, a working relationship that is collaborative and an environment that promotes professionalism and focus on everyone’s success. If you have a communication challenge with a colleague or colleagues in the class, please discuss the challenge with your professor. Remember, the ultimate goal is classroom success, respect and collaboration.
Grading
All work will be based on a 100pt grading scale (See specific points for each assignment). Your overall grade for the class will be based on the accumulation of points for the following areas:
• Major Assignments (see weekly schedule) • Possible Quizzes • Participation in daily assignments and exercises • Assignment deadlines and punctuality • Willingness and Consistency when rehearsing with partners outside of the scheduled
class time • Professionalism (including attitude toward criticism, and respect for fellow
classmates, collaboration)
Grading Scale 95 – 100 /A 83 – 80/ B- 69 - 67/ D+ 94 – 90 / A- 79 – 77/ C+ 66 - 64/ D 89 - 87 / B+ 76 - 74/ C 63 - 60/ D- 86 – 84/ B 73 – 70/ C- Below 60/ F Breakdown of Responsibilities for Production Projects
• Acting -On Camera Talent o Responsibilities include: providing wardrobe choices, providing personal props
for shoot
o you must be performance ready when your team is ready to shoot – memorized script, acting choices
o an understanding of basic camera shots before you are on camera so you can adjust your acting style accordingly as the shots shift
o you must familiarize yourself with the type of script being produced including: (style of show, basic info for characters and character types in the show/script)
o accepting the director’s choices for the project o running off your own copy of the script to bring to the shoot once it is uploaded
• Director
o director’s primary responsibilities will be: in charge of the entire shoot to determine basic camera shots and shooting schedule create a basic storyboard with the help of your group the director will create the set design, wardrobe
ideas, props for the project director must upload shots/storyboard and shooting schedule to group prior
to day of shooting you must familiarize yourself with the type of script being produced
including: (style of show, basic info for characters and character types in the show/script)
Running off your own copy of the script to bring to the shoot once it is uploaded
Camera Operator/Lights • running the camera when assigned for segment or episode- you will be assigned to run
camera many times • familiarize yourself with the equipment before your shoot so you don’t hold up
production • you are responsible for setting up, running and breaking down your camera and lighting
equipment • making sure your group has a new SD card for your project • familiarize yourself with the shots or storyboard the director creates before you shoot • Keep tabs on the sequence of shots for that day and the position of the camera – for
instance- the tilt of the camera – was the height of where the actor was looking in sinc with where the other actor is standing?
• you must familiarize yourself with the type of script being produced including: (style of show, basic info for characters and character types in the show/script)
• Running off your own copy of the script to bring to the shoot once it is uploaded
Continuity/Lights • Take photos of the set once it is set up. Take notes on all the details required to recreate
the continuity of a particular scene, location, or action. (For example: Exactly where the actor placed the prop, if the actor used the right hand or left, what prop was moved during the scene, how were the lights for this take? appearance of the actor (did hair fall down in
their face during this take?) In other words, when the piece is edited into one piece, this person makes sure that there is a flow from scene to scene
• Setting up the physical scene of the shoot (the look of the set)– how props are placed on the set, set pieces, making sure props have been located and arrive on set
• you must familiarize yourself with the type of script being produced including: (style of show, basic info for characters and character types in the show/script)
• Running off your own copy of the script to bring to the shoot once it is uploaded
Script Supervisor/location scout • Staying on script to make sure an the lines are consistent • Slating - The script supervisor makes sure that each take of exposed film has a consistent
and meaningful slate. Before each shot the script supervisor must either digitally slate (there are a number of digital slate apps on line) or verbally say into the camera the scene that is being shot ( example ‘“How I Met Your Mother – Lilly and Marshall second bedroom scene – Shot One, Take one”). Once the director decides on the best shots – for that particular shoot, the script supervisor will note which shot/s were the best – to give to the editor. This ensures that there is proper identification on the film footage in the editing room so the editor can find and use the correct takes.
• The script supervisor is responsible for keeping the most current version of the shooting script.
• Uploading the script to the cast and crew • you must familiarize yourself with the type of script being produced including: (style of
show, basic info for characters and character types in the show/script) • Running off your own copy of the script and bring it to the shoot once it is uploaded • Secure location for shooting – includes: finding location for the shoot, securing
permission for shoot (if you shoot outside of the PAC in another building on campus – you will need to secure permission to film in the building (find the equivalent of the “Sam” in their building), scheduling location through proper channels
Wardrobe/Set Dressing/Props
• Responsible for creating costume design, set design and props for your assigned project. • Collaborate with the director and location scout to determine the set design • Collaborate with actors to decides on wardrobe choice for the project, including costume
that matches character and set • Provide props for the project. Not fake props or “doofers” but real props. • Make sure all items for wardrobe, set dressing and props are present, arrive on time and
are struck after the shooting of the project • Along with classmates, clean up area of filming and restore room back to an orderly look
Editor, Sound, Graphics
• Part of the creative post-production process. • Familiarize yourself with editing software (there is plenty of free software out there if
your laptop did not come with Movie Edit Pro or some of the other software and upload to your computer
• Work with Director, Script Supervisor, Continuity during production to pre-plan before you start the editing process
• Discuss graphics with director for look and proper titles for the project • Make sound choices that fit each particular scene
Tips on Production Company Requirements and Choosing Group Positions Think of yourself as a small up and coming production company – you must help each other out in order to be successful. Acting and Production Crew – Remember that you will be assigned an acting role and a production role for each project.
• If you are directing, then you should have a small role in the project so that when you step away from your role as director, your co-director can take over and it doesn’t impact the project.
• Types of television shows that are off limits – sketch comedy shows such and Key and
Peele, Saturday Night Live, Reality Shows
Miscellaneous Crew Roles –There will be miscellaneous crew roles that will pop up as you are shooting – pitch in, help out so that the production runs smoothly Location
• Your team is responsible for deciding on where the segment/ episode will be shot – in or outside of the PAC building (because of the time constraints, an outside shoot must take place close to the PAC building).
Set, Props, Costumes, Lights
• You and your team are responsible for designing and locating the set, props and costumes, and setting up lights for each shoot
• Once your segment/s is shot, your Group is responsible for making sure the editor uploads the completed segment/ episode to the Acting for the Camera Fall 14 Group A or Group B FB page - schedule includes when edited version is due for each project. It is considered late if it is sent after that time.
Academic Integrity
1. Unauthorized assistance: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise unless specifically authorized by the instructor of record. The unauthorized possession of examination or course-related material also constitutes cheating.
2. Communication to another through written, visual, electronic, or oral means: The presentation of material which has not been studied or learned, but rather was obtained through someone else’s efforts and used as part of an examination, course assignment, or project.
3. Commercial Use of Academic Material: Selling of course material to another person, student, and/or uploading course material to a third-party vendor without authorization or without the express written permission of the university and the instructor. Course materials include but are not limited to class notes, Instructor’s PowerPoints, course syllabi, tests, quizzes, labs, instruction sheets, homework, study guides, handouts, etc.
4. Falsifying or misrepresenting the student’s own academic work. 5. Plagiarism: Using or appropriating another’s work w ithout any indication of the source,
thereby attempting to convey the impression that such work is the student’s own. 6. Multiple Submissions: Submitting the same academic work for credit more than once
without the express written permission of the instructor.
7. Helping another violate academic behavior standards.
For more information about Academic Integrity, consult the International Center for Academic Integrity <http://academicintegrity.org>.
For more information about plagiarism and misuse of sources, see “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices” <http://wpacouncil.org/node/9>.
Responses to Academic Dishonesty, Plagiarism, or Cheating Students should also familiarize themselves with the procedures for academic misconduct in UCF’s student handbook, The Golden Rule <http://goldenrule.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/goldenrule.pdf>. UCF faculty members have a responsibility for students’ education and the value of a UCF degree, and so seek to prevent unethical behavior and when necessary respond to academic misconduct. Penalties can include a failing grade in an assignment or in the course, suspension or expulsion from the university, and/or a “Z Designation” on a student’s official transcript indicating academic dishonesty, where the final grade for this course will be preceded by
the letter Z. For more information about the Z Designation, see <http://goldenrule.sdes.ucf.edu/zgrade>.
Course Accessibility Statement
The University of Central Florida is committed to providing access and inclusion for all persons with disabilities. Students with disabilities who need disability-related access in this course should contact the professor as soon as possible. Students should also connect with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) <http://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/> (Ferrell Commons 185, [email protected], phone 407-823-2371). Through Student Accessibility Services, a Course Accessibility Letter may be created and sent to professors, which informs faculty of potential access and accommodations that might be reasonable. Determining reasonable access and accommodations requires consideration of the course design, course learning objectives and the individual academic and course barriers experienced by the student.
Campus Safety Statement
Emergencies on campus are rare, but if one should arise during class, everyone needs to work together. Students should be aware of their surroundings and familiar with some basic safety and security concepts.
• In case of an emergency, dial 911 for assistance.
• Every UCF classroom contains an emergency procedure guide posted on a wall near the door. Students should make a note of the guide’s physical location and review the online version at <http://emergency.ucf.edu/emergency_guide.html>.
• Students should know the evacuation routes from each of their classrooms and have a plan for finding safety in case of an emergency.
• If there is a medical emergency during class, students may need to access a first -aid kit or AED (Automated External Defibrillator). To learn where those are located, see <http://www.ehs.ucf.edu/AEDlocations-UCF> (click on link from menu on left).
• To stay informed about emergency situations, students can sign up to receive UCF text alerts by going to <https://my.ucf.edu> and logging in. Click on “Student Self Service” located on the left side of the screen in the toolbar, scroll down to the blue “Personal Information” heading on the Student Center screen, click on “UCF Alert”, fill out the information, including e-mail address, cell phone number, and cell phone provider, click “Apply” to save the changes, and then click “OK.”
• Students with special needs related to emergency situations should speak with their instructors outside of class.
• To learn about how to manage an active-shooter situation on campus or elsewhere, consider viewing this video (<https://youtu.be/NIKYajEx4pk>).
Campus Safety Statement for Students in Online-Only Courses Though most emergency situations are primarily relevant to courses that meet in person, such incidents can also impact online students, either when they are on or near campus to participate in other courses or activities or when their course work is affected by off- campus emergencies. The following policies apply to courses in online modalities.
• To stay informed about emergency situations, students can sign up to receive UCF text alerts by going to <https://my.ucf.edu> and logging in. Click on “Student Self Service” located on the left side of the screen in the toolbar, scroll down to the blue “Personal Information” heading on the Student Center screen, click on “UCF Alert”, fill out the information, including e-mail address, cell phone number, and cell phone provider, click “Apply” to save the changes, and then click “OK.”
• Students with special needs related to emergency situations should speak with their instructors outside of class.
Make-Up Assignments for Authorized University Events or Co- curricular Activities
Students who represent the university in an authorized event or activity (for example, student-athletes) and who are unable to meet a course deadline due to a conflict with that event must provide the instructor with documentation in advance to arrange a make- up. No penalty will be applied. For more information, see the UCF policy at <http://policies.ucf.edu/documents/4- 401.1MakeupAssignmentsForAuthorizedUniversityEventsOrCocurricularActivities.pdf>
Religious Observances
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