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McMaster University
Theatre & Film Studies
Peter Cockett

Fox 1 Lecture 3 Theatre, Cinema & Society 1T03 Tuesday May 14, 2013 Dr. Peter Cockett Lecture 3 Lighting Variables: Distribution:  Direction of light  Shape and size of area covered  Quality of the light-sharpness or diffusion  Character of the light- texture, smooth, uneven, patterned, hard or soft-edged Intensity:  How bright or dark? Movement:  Timed duration of a fade up or down  Movement of onstage lights  Projection of video as light source Color:  Or lack of it Functions of Sound:  Evoking cultural associations and experiences  Establishing mood  What other scenes does this remind us of?  Controlling the rhythm of the play Tools of Sound Design:  Preshow and post-show music/sound frame  Underscoring (characters don’t hear this)  Evokes emotional response  Reminds us of things we cant currently see Fox 2 Lecture 3  Incidental sounds that clarify or develop action  Thunderclap, ringing phone, piano lesson  Symbolic Sounds  Sounds that accumulate significance over the course of the action  Transition music or Soundscapes  Change the mood from scene to scene, drive action forward, or slow it down Sound Design: Varying sound qualities:  Volume  Loud-quiet  Pitch  High-low  Attack  Hard-soft  Pace  Fast-slow  Rhythm  Regular, irregular, different time schemes  Melody  A tune or not a tune  Harmony  In harmony on or atonal/discordant Outreach: Publicizing the Interpretive Framework  Publicity and Outreach work gives the audience the tools to understand why we think a work of art is important  How should the audience relate the world of the play to their own world?  What questions should they be asking?  What kind of performance/film is it? Tools for Outreach:  Posters  Press releases Fox 3 Lecture 3  Media advertising (web, newspaper, radio & television)  Excepts or trailers  Lobby displays  Program notes Acting Style: Creating a world through actions  Actors act, which mean both to pretend and to take action  Each actors performance of a role is unique. Each has its own purpose  Key question: “what is the actors relationship to character and audience?  To “live the role” or to demonstrate significance of action? (Realism vs Epic)  To create psychological portrait or to demonstrate a social stance?  The answer can be somewhere in between. In your papers or presentations be sure to specify what the function the actors performance plays/will play in the piece as a whole The Actors Toolbox:  Relationship with the audience  Address them directly  Pretend they are not there  Somewhere in between  Blocking-position in playing area  Positions in power  Social relationships  Symbolic positions  Gesture and movement  Everyday movements (naturalism), or stylized movements  To indicate character  To define social significance of action  Tone of voice  Can change significance of lines  Clarifies character intention or social relationships Fox 4 Lecture 3 Culture Products/Produ
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