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T340: Directing I - Study Guide

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Directing I
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Date Created: 10/25/14
Reading Exam 2 Weolnesday ctober 22 ZLJ14 718 PM 0 First meeting with designers 0 Discuss the play 0 Discern a method 0 Come to an agreement on a timetable 0 Outline a way to proceed 0 What a groundplan should articulate 0 The stage39s physical given circumstances Relationship between the audience and the play Divides the space into multiple acting areas Balances stage Lends variety to the design Furnishes physical obstacles Focusing the staging 0 Facilitates traffic flow 0 Questions to ask in constructing a groundplan 0 Is there a love scene Does it need a sofa Is there a physical struggle How much room will it require Where will it take place What is the nature of the entrances and exits Does our interpretation suggest an open space or a confined one 0 List of physical realities that will affect actor39s movement in creating a groundplan 0 Raked stages 0 Height of steps 0 Furniture or props on stage 0 Know how you want to stage climatic moments 0 You must plan during the design process how key moments will play out in order to create a design that will enhance these moments instead of hindering them 0 Tips for creating the best groundplan possible 0 Multiple playing areas Keep furniture away from walls Don39t put large objects center stage Utilize at least three horizontal planes when staging Have a sittable in one of the downstage corners 0 Use diagonal lines unless you want the squareness of the design to be emphasized 0 Questions to ask costume lighting and sound designers 0 Should the music be live or recorded 0 What are the relationships like between characters 0 Who should the focus be on in this scene 0 First job of stage lighting 0 Illuminate the staging area so the audience can see what is going on 0 Beyond the above what else can lighting do for a production 0 Create focus movement mood and variety 0 Major categories of sound in productions 0 Atmospheric vs sound effect 0 Live or recorded OOOOOO OOOOOO OOOO Directing Page 1 Style is knowing what kind of play you are in 0 Comprises the choices a director makes regarding every aspect from casting to curtain calls Importance of language in creating the style of a production 0 The primary stylistic element for a play 0 Vocabulary imagery rhythm and syntax determine the majority of the style Difference between acting realism and acting in Shakespeare 0 Acting realism I Attempt an accurate depiction of reality 0 Shakespeare I Calls attention to a pay39s theatricality by directly addressing the audience as well as other devices I Requires a heightened sense of language What is the ultimate goal of a production39s style 0 Exploring style is a process of selection a way of distilling the array of textual possibilities to create a heightened essence embodied in the acting movement staging and design Casting is typically done in professional theatre Define characters Create a character breakdown Share these things with a casting agent Casting agent auditions talent that fits character breakdown Callbacks for actors that most fit what director is looking for In auditioning actors it is important to see if they can take direction Importance of directors structuring and conducting rehearsals 0 Helps everyone to stay on task since most plays have a very short window to prepare before performances Tools a director can use to work with actors 0 Action 0 Obstacle 0 Given circumstance Directing through action not too much conversation 0 Best to get actors up on their feet and moving instead of spending too much time on table work 0 Helps to memorize lines as well Importance of props to actors in rehearsals 0 Helps them to get use to using the props so that it becomes a part of their acting instead of just being added on at performance A good technique in rehearsing is to stop and start at beat changes Actors should never give each other direction in rehearsals Process vs product in rehearsals 0 Most productions will never have enough time to make everything perfect 0 Rehearsals must be a process instead of trying to reach a certain product although the production must become a product by opening night if it intends to do well Realistic plays require more attention to what elements in the staging 0 Set pieces Importance of keeping distance between actors in staging Creating focus is the most important element of staging Important elements in staging plays on a thrust stage 0 Use diagonals for blocking characters 0 Furniture must be upstage 0 Actors cannot be too close to each other 0 Use movement often Terms 0 Acting area 0 OOOO Directing Page 2 OOOOOOOOOOOO I Areas on stage where actors can be positioned White model I 3d model of staging without color Character breakdown I Shows a casting agent what a director is looking for in his characters Nontraditional casting I Choosing a type that differs from what is usually chosen I Making Juliet a boy and Romeo a girl AEA I Actor39s Equity Association SDC I Stage Directors Choreographers Sides Viewpoints Representational Presentational Casting director Agent Reader in auditions Rehearsal report Period acting styles Production style Table work Countering on stage Directing Page 3


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