Ages: 16 & up
It is projected that in the next 3 years or less, 80% of the content available online will be video based. Whatever we do professionally, chances are we may soon be called upon to do it on camera or video conferencing perhaps! We live in a time now where proficiency and collaboration in multiple creative skills not only make marketing and work productions more fun, but also more professionally competitive if we understand how it all works.
This is an interactive workshop series for filmmakers, photographers, performers, marketers, poets, and non-creative professionals alike. Anyone who wants to learn the art of on-camera performance or directing can benefit.
So, what is a monologue? It is any composition in which a person speaks alone. This covers a wide range of informational end uses, such as artistic, commercial, educational, vocational, and more.
These classes are designed for you to understand the incremental connections of both sides of the camera so we learn better how to create these projects together. All students will be assigned with the experience of working in front of -and- behind the lens.
This opportunity allows us to experiment in the safety of a pressure-free studio environment, and to give and receive constructive direction with a completed video and photo reel at the end.
Behind the Camera
- Learn how to lead a shoot clearly and sensitively and to do so in less ‘takes
- Practice direction by clearly interpreting the monologue script or topic, and then finding effective language to relax your subjects while pulling the best performance out of them.
- Hone the compositional art of shooting compelling portraits by making cohesive production choices for the background, lighting, dress, etc. that serve the message of the work.
In Front of the Camera
- Learn to relax in front of the camera and trust in the creative direction of the work
- Practice the art of mind/body awareness by controlling nervous habits, improving posture, breathing, and speech, maintaining eye contact, and focusing outwardly on the intent of your role in the scene
- Hone listening skills, self-correction, and interpretive expression by shedding self-consciousness and judgment. This will help you commit to key characterizations of role-play and the overall message of the video piece.
- We will work together to edit and title all final projects using available software throughout the course. Basic scene cuts, soundtrack additions, and scene titles will be used as needed or able in class and at home.*
* Editing processes will be limited for this class, and determined by available software for each student. The extent of shooting options may be determined by this availability also.
We will work with marketing concepts, screenplay excerpts, poetry, or original scripts, which we will review and select together in the first 2 classes. Students are encouraged to bring in samples to the first class.
Everyone gains character headshots (portraits) and video (audition) reels in the end – courtesy of your teamwork!
- Each Student will be required to have their own digital camera with video feature and a tripod.
- Make and model of camera does not matter. DSLRs, Point and Shoot, or most current smart phones that can shoot both still images and at least 5 minutes of continuous video are all applicable.
- Students must also have basic software or apps on their computer (or access to) for work edits. A flash drive of a min 4GB or Dropbox account for work storage and class presentation is also suggested.
*Basic knowledge of video and photography required