Acting for the Camera

I.     Course Prefix/Number: THE 156

       Course Name: Acting for the Camera

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines the techniques of acting before the camera.  Included is an introduction to film acting techniques, relationship to the camera and script as well as physical and verbal cues adaptation.  Introductory activities include improvisational work to orient the new actor to the camera with the intent to reduce self-consciousness while building cinematic skills.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Course examines the techniques of acting before the camera.  Included is an introduction to film acting techniques, relationship to the camera and script as well as physical and verbal cues adaptation.  Introductory activities include improvisational work to orient the new actor to the camera with the intent to reduce self-consciousness while building cinematic skills.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Film acting techniques
  • Film acting terms
  • Audition techniques
  • Approach to cold readings
  • Script performance—monologues
  • Script performance--scenes
  • Character development for the camera
  • Use of Meisner technique for the camera
  • Self-discovery through improvisation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Written analysis, oral feedback and critiques
  • Audition experience
  • Activities and exercises
  • Rehearsals
  • Scene work
  • Character Study

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Acting for the Camera: Revised Edition by Tony Barr (1997) and handouts from instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

•   Attitude, participation and professionalism 15%
Reading & written assignments (analyses/ reflections)   20%
Performance work (scene and monologue) 40%
Exercises and activities 25%

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.