Year 11 Drama Acting for the Camera

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

New Zealand is heading into an era with unprecedented levels of film and television production due to the international perception of New Zealand having world class crews locally and it being a safe place in which to produce products for the screen. Inevitably Drama as a school subject will extend to allow screen performances to be eligible for assessment, just as it currently does for stage performance. For screenwriters, actors, directors and producers, the understanding of the processes, specialist technical production roles and relationships between them is invaluable.

This course will provide students with an insight into film production processes by way of practical units of work involving the use of cameras and microphones and editing equipment to create short screen products. Each student will have opportunities to perform on screen. 

Students will have access to high quality cameras,sound recording devices and editing equipment. All units of work will be assessed using NCEA MEDIA STUDIES  standards.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Collaborative group skills.
  • The study of a cinema history from shadow play to celluloid to modern day digital formats. 
  • Screenwriting skills.
  • Awareness of light and its manipulation for cinema.
  • Film production planning skills.
  • Auditioning for the screen.
  • Directing skills.
  • Analysis of screen performance. 
  • Vision and sound Editing skills.
  • Storyboarding scenes.
  • Communication skills using voice and body. 
  • Planning and shooting complex scenes.
  • Individual and collective responsible.
  • On screen performance.
  • Self discipline.
  • Vision editing.
  • Technical understanding.
  • Film exhibition.

Year Levels/Departments:

Year 11, Drama

Resources Required

1B8 Exercise book