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Acting for the Camera

Course Description:
This course is designed for the student actor who has interests in on camera performance techniques. Both film and television instruction will be addressed. Each section will receive instruction, participate in exercises and performances. All modules are treated as specific areas of camera acting technique and will culminate in a final performance and critique of the varied assignments.

1.                Shows proficiency with the creative process by participation with all in class assignments.
2.                Demonstrates comprehension and execution of various acting methods in  rehearsals and on camera.
3.                Understands and incorporates critiques, direction and instruction during class/performances
4.                Participates and actively contributes to the ensemble/class and in rehearsals.
5.                Gains an increased awareness, focus, concentration, and professionalism.
6.                Completes all assignments within the appropriate time structure

Class 1
I.  Auditions on camera
1.                Understanding the role
2.                Methods of on camera auditions
3.                Connecting with the material
II Performance
1.                Cold Reading
2.                Rehearsed audition
     Class 2Commercials and Industrial
1.                Types of commercials
2.                Character vs realism
3.                Voice overs
4.                Commercial/industrial auditions
     Class 3
Situation Comedy
1.                Styles
2.                Blocking for camera
3.                Character
TV Studio Operations

     Class 4
Television Scenes with 2 characters
1.                One on one with a partner
2.                Master shot/ Pick up shot/ editing
3.                Rehearsal and performance

Note: Each class will use a video camera for recording and playback. All course material will be provided.

Voice-over Workshop

Introduction-"The Audition Process"
        The copywriter's job-basic steps of copywriting
        Casting Yourself
        Cold Reading for VO commercials
        Audition and playback with critique

Class 2
Script analysis-"Finding the personality"
        Rate vs energy
        Using punctuation effectively
        Record and Playback with critique

Class 3
Performance objective-"Finding the voice"
        Narration vs natural
        Animation voices
        Character choices
        Recording and playback with analysis

Class 4
Production elements-"Why spots work"
        Music Beds
        Special effects and unusual requirements
        Sound effects
        "Looping" Your voice on you or someone else

Class 5
Demo construction elements "Your demo"
        Examples of successful demos
        Assembly of your best work
        Placement in the demotape
        Record and Playback

Class 6
Recording Studio session for final "takes"
Mr. Dreisbach,I wanted to thank you again for the copy of your book that you sent me. I love it! I'm assigning it to my students, and the bookstore just placed the order. I plan on assigning it yearly. I love how you approach the business end of the work while still reminding the reader of the artistic life of the work. I've already mentioned it to many of our alums as well.Thank you again,
Megan PersingerGuest Artist InstructorPhonetics, Speech, and DialectsUNCSA School of Drama
University of North Carolina, School of the Arts
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"The voiceover workshop that had been given to us from Jeffrey Dreisbach was an experience that surpassed any other I could have imagined. The laid-back yet professional atmosphere that had been created made the class move along well and knowledge of the craft was easily expressed. It's been said in life that for one to be happy, they must combine two of their hobbies. With that, I'm confident that Dreisbach's class will ultimately lead me to a career of success (and some wealth!) I recommend this class, and any of his classes, to any actor, member of the media or public speaker. You can't NOT walk away with something!"
Nicholas Messina
Sample course outlines:

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These outlines are for illustration purposes only. Please know that each course is designed with student's needs and interests in mind.