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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ACTM006 Module Title: SCREEN PERFORMANCE
Module Provider: Guildford School of Acting Short Name: ACTM006
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: FENDER T Ms (GSA)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Summer Term
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Screen performance


Contribution to process


Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Module Overview
The Screen Performance Project rehearses over a 4 weeks period culminating in a 4 day shoot in the studio and/or on location under professional industry standards.  An originally written or adapted script is created according to the needs of the cohort and detailed work is undertaken in terms of continuity, delivery, differing shots, marks, awareness of sound and lighting requirements, placing marks, angles etc. as well as demanding the creation of a truthful and believable character, appropriate to the demands of recorded media.  The student is able to utilise and develop skills learned in Module 1 and to investigate closely, experientially and in depth, the concentration, energy and focus needed to secure a successful screen performance.


Module Aims
• To expose students to the disciplines of working in studio and/or location environment;
• To introduce students to the technicalities of recording processes;
• To enable students to understand the professional demands of the recording process;
• To enable students to understand the necessary variations in application of their own performance skills for recorded contexts;
• To equip students with the necessary range of skills to engage confidently with the professional studio/location
Learning Outcomes
• An ability to work competently as a performer in the recording context
• A comprehensive understanding of the professional standards required to work within the studio/location
• The necessary, active vocabulary to understand and engage with the recording process
• The ability to apply independently, acting initiatives and methodologies relevant to both medium and text
• An ability to contribute constructively to the overall process of producing recorded work
Module Content
The module will begin with a review and testing of students’ on-camera skill set. Casting for scenes will be according to individual commercial potential.  Students will then research and prepare characters for action, taking full account of, and applying where appropriate, all techniques and methodologies learned and practised in Module 1.  Group and individual rehearsals and tutorials will be followed by a shoot in the studio and/or on location with a professional crew.

The last part of the process will be concerned with viewing part of the edit for each scene.  This exercise will clarify for the student, the differing demands and requirements of the practical processes of film as opposed to theatre, and will support and develop an advanced understanding of specific film acting technique.

The module is convened under rigorous professional standards and exposes students to the pressures as well as the opportunities inherent in the recorded media industry.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Group and individual rehearsals
Group seminars and workshops
Independent research assignments
Location and recording studio shoots
Selected Texts/Journals
Alburger, James. The Art of Voice Acting. Focal Press, 2006
Beck, Alan. Radio Acting:Studio Work, Technical Production, Radio Adverts, Voice-overs, Voice Production. London: AC Black, 1997.
Bernard, I. Film and Television Acting: From Stage to Screen (New York: Focal Press, 1998)
Caine, Michael. Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Moviemaking. New York: Applause Books, 2000
---. Acting in Film. DVD (1989) Applause Books, 2005
Churcher, Mel. Acting for Film: Truth 24 times a second. London: Virgin, 2003
Crook: Tim, Radio Drama: Theories and Practice. London: Routledge, 1999.
Shaw, Bernard Graham. Voice Overs, A Practical Guide. London: AC Black, 2000
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