When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W21DMAA02A

What you will learn

Inspired by TV dramas, Isolation stories and Staged, which were created and recorded remotely during lockdown and building on the recent hugely successful Acting For Camera ONLINE course at Morley College. This is a unique opportunity to learn how to create, write and perform original TV scripts from your own home. You will work with two industry professionals; Julia Lewis, Professional Actor, Acting Coach and director with recent TV and Film credits; The Crown series 3, Netflix, and Their Finest (with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy) and Cara Jennings, writer with recent TV and Radio drama and comedy credits (Handel and Hendrix, Sky Arts and How to Burn A Million Quid (BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 4 & 6) who will guide you through the process of using improvisation as a starting point for creating a script; developing and workshopping that script, and realising a playful, moving and imaginative performance - all within the frame of your laptop camera. Completed dramas to be broadcast as videos on Morley College Website (permission forms to be signed in week 1). You will receive feedback and evaluate your own work. We aim to respond swiftly to the changing socially distancing government guidelines, to continue to offer students an innovative and creative drama program. We hope to bring all courses back into the college as soon as possible. Please call if you have any questions. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an advanced-level course.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use improvisation and your own life as a starting point for writing and devising drama.
  • Develop character, story, world, and mood.
  • Structure your work into a short TV play with a beginning and middle and an end.
  • Format your script according to the conventions of the TV industry.
  • Use your voice and body with control and confidence in front of the camera.
  • Understand screen acting terminology and different shots.

Cost

  • Full fee
    £205
  • Concession fee
    £155
  • Class format and activities

    During the sessions, you will work collaboratively and individually. The tutor may also provide pre-recorded additional video material with exercises and practical tasks via Moodle. You will discuss and analyse some relevant TV drama, and learn about structure, formatting and the elements of story. You will go through the process of working up your script using a cycle of dreaming, realising and refining receiving feedback and guidance on your work as it evolves. You will then workshop and be directed by your tutor, which will lead up to filming performances of the scripts. You will study leading industry practitioners and use immersive drama exercises to discover the nuanced differences between stage and screen acting. Prepared scripts will be developed through the rehearsal process and filmed. Students will view the filmed work, then discuss and analyse techniques, skills and progress identifying areas for development. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.

    Entry requirements

    The course is suitable for those without any film experience but is best suited for students who have studied acting or have experience in performing arts related areas.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will need to sign a release form for your film to be broadcast on the Morley College Website (not public, but viewable to the college, tutors and students). Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required from all students. This course will include some completion of activities outside of class time, e.g. preparation of favourite exercises to share with fellow students.

    What you need

    Bring a notebook, pencil, eraser and pen to class always. Wear loose clothing and footwear appropriate for an acting class. Bring any scripts which have been given by the tutor and any text or small bits of props and costume as requested if available to you.

    What you can do next

    We offer a broad range of performance skills aimed at trainee & professional actor, courses for radio drama, scriptwriting and directing. Please check our website or email us at drama@morleycollege.ac.uk for more information.