One of the first activities was to create a room using our bodies. There was one girls team and one boys team, each group created a living room. Each team made several mistakes. After gathering some feedback and presenting them to the class my group corrected them. We then showed our corrected performance. One person would go through the room and use all the different utilities in there. For example the girls group had a door, lamp, coffee table, sofa and TV. We also had a story line with it. Marina, one of the group members, walked in through the door and went to turn the TV on. Julia the TV, used her face expressions to create a newscast then suddenly her face expression turns to shock and the TV starts shaking and she falls over. The lamp falls over and Marina gets under the table. When she comes out you can tell she is scared and we all stand up and bow. This was a rough draft because we knew we could add more as we learn about more things during the unit. This was a really fun activity. This is a video of the group I was In:
I am going to upload the video soon because I need to wait for the video.
Our unit in Drama is not yet complete so most of these answers will be predictions.
1. How did I explore this unit?
We focused on mime at the very start of the unit. We had to do different activities and games to show and learn how to use these two concepts. One of the things that helped me explore this unit was a game called knife and spoon. In this game you start of by yourself and create the object that our Drama Teacher told us, but the hardest part was you were not allowed talk so it was mime. For example if it was a piece of chewing gum squashed I would lie on the floor spread out. Then we would pair up and do the same thing. This would continue and get harder and harder. I was in a pair with my friend helen and so we joined a group with Anna and Sophia. The hardest object we created was a motor bike. Then all the girls joined a big group and all the boys did too. We had to create a hellicoptor. I found myself sticking my leg out to create the tail and holding on to Anna’s back to balance myself. I did this because my friend helen used face expressions and body language to tell me to create this position. I think we are going to learn more about different ways to use these skills through out the unit.
2. What did I learn?
I explained a lot about how we have explored this unit so far and what I think might happen. I also included a bit about what we learnt. We have learnt a lot about Body Language. There are three parts of body language. 1. Is facial expressions, an expression that sometimes shows how you feel, like anger. 2. Gestures, you can use them to shape out something and help explain something. 3. Posture, posture can help you with your character’s personality. We also learnt how t0 show the size, weight and some specific details about the object. I think we will learn a lot more in this unit because we are just getting started and this is going to help us in our other units.
3. What did I know before this unit?
I only knew a bit about mime before this unit because we did some of it last year. I knew about body language, but I didn’t know the exact 3 concepts of it. Before this unit I didn’t know much about poetry so this unit has helped me and will help me even more as I get even more into it.
4. What do I want to know?
I am really excited to learn more about this unit because I think it could be helpful in other units. I would like to know how to change my body language naturally in a flowing motion to make sure the audience doesn’t suspect anything. I don’t really know what I would really like to know because my Drama Teacher is going to introduce most of these things.
We also did another exercise recently that included size weight and shape. Here it is:
7B Drama: Mime Door from YIS Arts on Vimeo.
We did “Door Miming” where you had to open a locked door in some method. I paired up with Julia, and we decided to go through a cat flap.
What storyline (scenario) did I create for opening the mimed door?
My partner and I julia created a scene were we waked up to the door and drew it. We drew a door nob and a door bell. Julia twisted the handle and realized it was locked and gestured to the door bell. I rung the door bell at first quite calmly and then franticly started ringing and knocking on the door. Julia and I stood there puzzled looking for a way to get in. I spot a cat flap and point it our. Julia bends down to draw and open it. I hold it open for her as she crawls through. She unlocks the door and lets me in.
How successful was I at opening a mimed door? What seemed real
and what didn’t?
I think that my facial expressions were really bad because we didn’t practice enough on that. I lost a bit of concentration half way through and got distracted by the wondering faces in the audience.
How could I use these mime skills in performance?
You could use these skills by showing the size, shape and weight. The should help you in real performances because it should be a really good skill to learn, know and progress in.