Class Website: http://online.tft.ucla.edu Objectives The purpose of this class is to specifically define the terms “acting” and “performance.” Students explore the works of a wide range of actors and performers in film from the inception of the medium (1890s) through the first decade of the twenty-first century. How Class Works Students listen to bi-weekly lectures via web browser or podcast download. Reading assignments accompany most lectures. The final grade is determined by a midterm and final. Both are short papers. Readings Two books are required for this class: Uta Hagen: Respect for Acting, by Uta Hagen with Haskel Frankel The Fervent Years, by Harold Clurman Books are available for purchase at UCLA Bookstore—either on campus or online. They are also available at stores and from online booksellers such as Amazon.com. Screenings: Required and recommended films can be streamed at low resolution from the Class Website. Films chosen for assignments or papers should be viewed at full quality on DVD or via web services such as iTunes or Netflix.
Assignments: 1 – Midterm – 3 to 5 page paper based on lectures, readings and required films 2 – Final – 3 to 5 page paper based on lectures, readings and required films Grade Breakdown: Your final grade is calculated as follows: Midterm – 50% Final – 50% Policies This class takes advantage of myUCLA and a third-party service known as Turnitin. Submissions are screened for improper citations and potential plagiarism. Quotes or ideas paraphrased from other work must be properly cited.
Week One Lesson 1: Film - Birth and Infancy: The Silent Era Films and film actors from 1895 to 1929; the advent...