Today in drama we were looking at silent films. One of the films we saw was Smile by Charlie Chaplin.
In this silent film, we were focusing on what body language (how they show their emotions using their body)
In this film Charley Chaplin is showing happiness and it seems like he doesn’t really care that he lost everything (except his wife) and then he sees his wife who is looking upset. He tries to comfort her and then they end up walking away into the sunset.
In drama we are doing a unit on mime. The activity that we did last class was we had to form a group and then Mr Meiklejohn gave us a little card that had the name of what the scene topic we had to perform was on. The topic that my group got was setting up a campsite. What we did was we were driving in a car and I was one of the kids, Lucy was another one of the kids and Keina was the dad and Mimi was the mum. We got out of the car, got the bags, took the bag with the tent in it and then got the tent out and set it up. I really like how we hammered the picks in because I thought that we made it look realistic but when we were putting the poles through the tent to hold it up we didn’t really practice that enough I think because we weren’t very balanced with putting them in at the same level.
In drama we are learning about mimes. At first we practiced facial expressions and did actions to them. For example:
- Angry (we pretended to punch)
- Sad (we pretended to cry)
- Happy (we had a really big smile on our faces)
- And we also did looking for someone (putting our hand just above our eyebrows and looking into the distance)
Then we had to do a activity where we get a partner and we have to draw a house/door using our fingers. My partner was Keina. We decided to draw a house and the scenario was that we had to get locked out and figure out how to get in. Keina and I decided to draw a whole house, we were coming home from school and we get locked out. So we knock on the door madly, then I come up with the idea to draw a doorbell but no one is home so then Keina has the idea to go around to the back and open the back door.
In our performance, Keina opened the door and I closed it. Keina did a good job but I think that I could have maybe stayed more level or maybe close it by the door handle (I closed the door by putting my hand flat on the wood and then kind-of slamming it. I noticed that when we were trying to open the door by using strength, that we made the door handle big when we put one hand on but when we put two hands on it looked like we made it smaller than before. Also we kept on checking our grip to see if we had put it in the wrong place.
You could use these skills if you are in a silent film or if you are being one of those mimes on the streets or when you want to show your facial expression instead of saying it. (Mr Meiklejohn said that 70% of language you use is body language).
This is the video if you would like to check it out and if you would like to point out some more things that I could improve on or anything that you think I have missed, please put it in the comment box below.
For this unit in drama, we have been studying dance and how we can fill up the stage space and how to create a dance that people will enjoy but also is easy enough for us to do. We had to create a group of people to do our dance with. My group was Kate, Juulia and Sophia. Before we started planning our dance we studied how to use up stage space and what would make our dance good. In our dance, we had to use at least one prop. Our dance was about a japanese myth that was based on a real story. It was about a sun god who got bullied so then she didn’t come out and there was no sun so then some other gods (I don’t know who) had a parade and the sun god hear the music so she came out and paraded with the other gods and then there was sun. For our draft (I guess I could call it that) we tried to use the drum whilst I go and hide in a cave, but after our draft we got feedback from our classmates and they said that the drum didn’t really work because it slowed us down and made our dance look disorganized.
Our first dance was kind-of disorganized because we didn’t really know the choreography and so we messed up a lot but we had quite a few patterns. The prop we used was the colored cloth thing and we used it mainly with patterns and when I fell over that was meant to be the part where I went in to the cave and then came out to the parade, we used the cloths and sun rays to show the sun coming out. I thought that a really good pattern that we did was when we got in to a square and then the people that were standing opposite each other went down and the the others stood up and then the people that were down went up and then the people that were up went down. Also after we did that move we did crossovers where Juulia and I jumped diagonally across each other and then Kate and Sophia did the same thing and then after about two times we went at the same time and then we got in to a line to start the next movement.
Our classmates gave us some really good and creative feedback that helped us a lot when we were planning our final dance. We strived to try and make sure that everyones feedback was put in to our dance except we realized that it was going to be really hard to make sure that everyones feedback was put in our dance. One of the easiest points was to maybe try using music that wasn’t hand made so we chose a song that perfectly fitted our dance. We chose “Glad You Came” by The Wanted the instrumental version. I think that the lyrics of the original song were better but if we chose the original song with the people singing then we would have focused more on the lyrics of the song instead of focusing on the dance. One of the parts we didn’t do so well in (meaning Juulia and I) was staying serious. We started laughing towards the end because I messed up a little bit in the dance so I think that we might not get the grade that we are expecting to get because of that.
Overall I think that my group did a really good job with the planning of the dance, drafting and doing the final product. It was nice and organized and we got most of the feedback points in our dance except the thing that we can improve on a little bit more is staying serious whilst dancing.
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Hello! Today I am going to talk to you about one of the best dancers in history and the best dance that he did. Gene Kelly in ‘Singing in the rain’.
I think that Gene Kelly used the props really well. One of most creative things that he used, was his umbrella and he used it as a walking stick kind-of, a thing that caught rain, but he also used the light pole as a swinging pole. I also liked the way that he used the water.
It was really cool because he was splashing around and wanting to get wet because he didn’t care what happened because he was happy that his girlfriend kissed him, so I’m guessing that he felt like his whole world was like a dream scene. I also like how he used his space because he moved everywhere, so he wasn’t wasting his stage space.
I thought that his dance was really creative and he used his props really well. He also made it fit in perfectly with the song. Another thing that was good about his dance was that he showed his feeling through the movement. Because he’s happy so he started playing around and swinging on the light pole.
Another thing that is hard to do is keep with the rhythm. When I dance I find that I go a little out of control meaning that the dance moves that I do don’t match with the music and if they do I go off-beat. Gene Kelly did this really well because all of his dance moves went with the music, it didn’t look like he hesitated or made a mistake and he made it look really, imaginative.
But over-all I like the way that Gene Kelly danced to this song and I like all the movement he put in to it.
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Hey guys, here is my drama video that we made.
The game that we’re playing is called ‘Space Jump’. What you do is the first person starts a scene and then another person needs to say SPACE JUMP and then the person that started the scene freezes and then the person that called space jump goes in and starts a whole new scene that is different to the one that the person before did. If you want to play space jump, just continue the instructions above.
Here is the video:
If you liked that video, here is another one called Story, Story, Die.
How do you play this game?
You need 3-7 people. Choose a topic that you can make a story out of. One person says 1-2 sentences and then the person that gets chosen next has to continue the story but if you say um or you pause for a while, then you are out till’ you start another round.
Here is the video:
My strengths in space jump were coming up with things fast but I think that they weren’t always the best things to say. My weakness would be changing the subject or ending the story to fast, also making it random.
My strength in story story die was that I could come up with things fast and improvise and I think that my weekness was I seemed to repeat some things except I also changed the subject again.
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Significant Concept: Responding to an external stimulus, one needs to have immediate action where there is a suspension of thought.
Guiding Question: How can I stop hesitating and re-act without thinking?
Summative Task: Improv Theatre Sport
Students will engage in summative Improv Theatre Sport Event. 3 theater sport games will be chosen from 6 theater games practised during the unit. Students are divided in 3 teams. Each student has a sheet with rubric to record the minimum of 2 games joined.
•Be aware of dramatic instinct.
•The importance of the ensemble.
• Making an offer
• Accepting offers
• Giving the stage to others
• Move the action on (advancing)
• Creating a location