Understand processes, traditional tools and modern technologies
used in the arts.
Drama: Demonstrate actions, characters, narrative skills,
collaboration, environments, simple staging and sequence of events
and situations in solo and ensemble dramas.
Purpose: Students will understand the basic components of
filmmaking (namely acting, camera angles, and sound setup).
The class will begin with a lecture/discussion of filming
fundamentals so students are as prepared as possible for the filming
during lesson 6. (Note:
contained in these notes may vary depending on the equipment
goal of acting is to convince your audience you are the character you
are portraying. You should try to transform yourself into the
character. You should try to react to everything that is going on
around you as the character would.
getting in front of the camera, a good actor or actress will ask:
this person I am portraying? What are they like?
I talking to or interacting with?
I be feeling?
I be doing?
I? Should I speak with an accent? Should I be watching anyone or
is advantageous to have multiple cameras capturing a scene from
different angles. Using multiple cameras allows for close-ups and
whole-scene shots to be captured without having to including zooming
in the final cut. When it comes time to edit, it is much easier to
edit in a different angle than a different take, as it is hard to get
in the same position for a second take. It is pretty typical for
independent filmmakers to use two cameras at a 90 degree angle from
one another so if something goes wrong from one angle, you may still
be able to use the other.
with video, it is important to have as many different audio sources
as possible from each take. An accidental brush against a microphone
can ruin a whole take, and may not be noticed until editing takes
place. It is typical for independent filmmakers to use a minimum of
four sources of audio – each camera has its own microphone which
can capture the scene as a whole, and each primary actor has a
microphone as well. (Lapel microphones are best for this, but often
standard microphones can be hidden in or behind a prop, to be
captured by a recording device or a laptop computer).
the lecture (20 minutes), students should check materials acquired
against their list of needed materials. Students also need to plan
camera angles and where to place microphones in order to capture as
many good sources of audio/video as possible. Towards the end of the
class period, the teacher should visit each group to verify that
everyone is prepared for filming and to check for any material needs.