Learn how actors approach building characters to help you write vibrant roles in your work
Get tips that will help you refine pitches and pilot ideas
Engage in improvisational exercises and monologue performances to understand how character and performance relate
Leave class with several original characters you’ve deepened through these techniques
About this course:
It’s been proven that by using acting techniques including scene study and improvisation, the writer can go deeper into character and story development. This course teaches the writer how to approach the creation of a character from the vantage point of the actor. Since characters are the most important component to any script, learning to use the tools employed by actors to capture their roles will pave the way for the writer to create the most well-defined character for his story. In addition, it can enhance the writing of the script and is a great tool for fine-tuning the writer’s pitch for episodic and pilot ideas. We cover the basic principles of character exploration. Where is the character’s dominating center of energy? Class members participate in improvisational exercises and act in the monologues, sketches and scenes they have written. By the end of the term, each writer creates several original characters for a pilot or episodic story concept grown out of class work.
Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.
This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.
No refunds after April 24, 2024
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
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