Film making.

discuss the specific acting demand that the actor faces making a film of this genrediscuss the specific acting demand that the actor faces making a film of this genre
Chose a different actor or actress with a major role in a film from a different genre listed above. in what ways do the acting demands on these two actors differ? in what ways are they similar. be specific and thought in your observations, opinions and arguments.

Definition of “genre,” traits of the Epic Hero, personalization
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 1 – The Director: The Best Job in the World
Chapter 2 – The Script: Are Writers Necessary?
Acting in Film

Movie Making: An Overview
Optional Reading: FLIXACTING, Chapters 1, 2 and 3
(Note: You many wish to skip the “Tasks for Understanding”)
Required Viewing: Spartacus,
1960, Directed by Stanley Kubrick

A Passage to India
194, Directed by David Lean
Lincoln
2012, Directed by Steven Spielberg
Lesson 2: Science Fiction Films
“Hero’s Journey,” personalization of dystopian societies, environment as character
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 3 – Style: The Most Misused Word Since Love
Chapter 4 – Actors: Can an Actor Really Be Shy?

Required Viewing: Her
2013, Directed by Spike Jonze
Recommended
Viewing: The Day the Earth Stood Still
1951, Directed by Robert Wise
Gattaca
1997, Directed by Andrew Niccol

Lesson 3: Musicals
Pursuing objectives through song and dance
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 5 – The Camera: Your Best Friend
Chapter 6 – Art Direction: Does Faye Dunaway Really Have the
Skirt Taken in in Sixteen Different Places?
Acting in Film
At the Studio or On Location
Optional Reading: FLIXACTING, Chapters 4, 5 and 6
Required Viewing: Show Boat
1936, Directed by James Whale

Les Miserables
2012, Directed by Tom     Hoop er
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
1964, Directed by Jacques Demy
Lesson 4: Comedies
“Taking it seriously,” commitment to given circumstances
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 7 – Shooting the Movie: At Last!
Acting in Film
In Front of the Camera – Before You Shoot
Required Viewing: The Grand Budapest Hotel
2014, Directed by Wes Anderson

Sullivan’s Travels
1941, Directed by Preston Sturges
Raising Arizona
1987, Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

Action and Adventure Films
Heroes and villains with vulnerability, a character’s need for power
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 8 – Rushes: The Agony and the Ecstasy
Acting in Film
The Take

Optional Reading: FLIXACTING, Chapters 7, 8 and 9
Required Viewing: The Year of Living Dangerously
1982, Directed by Peter Weir
Recommended
Viewing: The African Queen
1951, Directed by John Huston
Captain Phillips
2013, Directed by Paul Greengrass
Work on Midterm Assignment

MIDTERM: 5 to 7 page paper based on lectures, readings, required films
Lesson 6: Westerns
“Hero’s Journey” continued, physical and non-verbal acting
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 9 – The Cutting Room: Alone at Last
Acting in Film
Characters
Optional Reading: FLIXACTING, Chapters 10, 11 and 12
Required Viewing: Once Upon a Time in the West
1968, Directed by Sergio Leone
Recommended
Viewing: Django Unchained
2012, Directed by Quentin Tarantino
The Missouri Breaks
1976, Directed by Arthur Penn
Lesson 7: Crime and Gangster Films
Journey of the anti-hero, physical and emotional character work
Reading:
Making Movies
Chapter 10 – The Sound of Music: The Sound of Sound
Acting in Film
Behavior On and Off the Set
Required Viewing: Miller’s Crossing
1990, Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Recommended
Viewing: The French Connection
1971, Directed by William Friedkin
Double Indemnity
1944, Directed by Billy Wilder
Week Five
Lesson 8: Horror and Suspense
Continuation of extreme character work, obsessive objectives, connecting with fear
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 11 – The Mix: The Only Dull Part of Moviemaking
Acting in Film
Directors
Optional Reading: FLIXACTING, Chapters 13, 14 and 15
Required Viewing: The Shining
1980, Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Recommended
Viewing: The Night of the Hunter
1955, Directed by Charles Laughton
The 39 Steps
1935, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Lesson 9: War and Anti-War Films
Connecting to fervent beliefs, the need for occasional two-dimensional characters
Reading: Making Movies
Chapter 12 – The Answer Print: Here Comes the Baby
Acting in Film
On Being a Star
Required Viewing: Zero Dark Thirty
2012, Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Recommended
Viewing: Three Kings
1999, Directed by David O. Russell
‘Breaker’ Morant
1980, Directed by Bruce Beresford

Lesson 10: Drama
Emotional life, specific relationship work, spontaneity, commitment
Reading:
Making Movies
Chapter 13 – The Studio: Was It All for This?
Optional Reading: FLIXACTING, Chapters 16, 17, 18 and Parting Words
Required Viewing: Boyhood
2014, Directed by Richard Linklater
Recommended
Viewing: Before Sunrise
1995, Directed by Richard Linklater
The Hustler
1961, Directed by Robert Rossen

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