GCD – Fit for life First Draft

I think something very important and relevant lessons I learned this year was putting it in perspective, sleeping and eating well, listening to others and to care about each relationship.

 

Perspective: I think when listening to others, putting there ideas into perspective and understanding both sides is important and achieving sympathy. The difference of sympathy and empathy was a very inspiring video by Rene Brown. She used clear examples of the difference. In a very conventional way of describing perspective, “go into someone else’s shoes”, it depicts how you have to understand their ideas and perspective. In mentally connecting with the talker, you need to understand the struggles and connect with them.

Sleeping and eating well:

Drama Journal #8

Key Idea: For the past two weeks we have been focusing on realism. In the process of exploring realism, we have encountered the pioneer in this field; Konstantin Stanislavski. His attitude towards becoming the character later spread around to create this system. The whole concept of realism is to observe and execute the necessary components of characters. The concept being that each character; in order to achieve their super-objective, has to achieve sub-objectives.

Approach: In class we did a few exercises to explore realism. We were all new to the idea of realism so it was interesting building up the idea of realism. I think the highlight of the exercise and at the same time was the most unorthodox at first, was where a person sits on a bench and the audience observes him/her. The subject on the bench cannot interact with the audience in any sort of way and is secluded in their own atmosphere. As we advanced in the class, we added variables which may contribute/influence the subjects atmosphere. Whether there were physical or psychological pressure, many of the times the subject was uncomfortable hence moving around. Both the physical and psychological pressure created tension in the audience which led to little giggles and laughs in the audience throughout the exercise. Furthermore, we explored a piece of writing that explored realism. In the Dana and Lee script, Lee, who wants to keep dwelling on his own problems, is reluctant to talk to the approaching, Dana. However, as the script progresses the characters objectives changes. After “Howl long do you think you can keep avoiding me?”Dana starts defending herself and Lee becomes urgent to talk to her. The change in attitude shows that Lee is kind of a dramatic person just wanting attention. The subtle details in the tone emphasise the realism in the play.

Outcome: The exercise, unorthodox as it may be, gave us a great grip to what realism is. We realised that the obstructions/properties in our environment can somehow indirectly and directly contribute to ones actions and facial expressions. We figured out that when actors perform, they present more than what is in the script. Many of the times actors have to infer from the script to create the character. Just subtle things like how a character would react and syntax of the speech can create a better sense of realism. To make acts more believable actors have to become the character and fully understand the character before starting to act it out.

Connections: Realism has a vital role in creating realistic characters. I believe that many actors in movies and TV shows go through the process of experiencing and exploring the characters. They basically have to connect with the inside of the character they are doing to help emphasise realism in the play. Keeping realism in the play is pivotal to execute a very realistic and well-constructed piece.

Panicking Paris?? -What did I do wrong?-

Paris: the ideal man, handsome, wealthy and considerate. What more do you want from this man? He’s got it all. Today we got to interview the man of the year, Paris. A count prospering  in Verona, this man is experienced and wealthy despite his youth. We reveal some recent hot gossip with a particular woman. And a mysterious man interrupting his romance…

 

Paris, coming out of his new Range Rover. (Photo by Olichel)

Q&A

Many women around the country have been calling you “a man of wax” what do you feel about this?

Ummm. Ahaha I’m flattered. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say haha. I wasn’t really expecting this award so I’m honoured that I have been chosen.

Do you have any recommended restaurants in Verona? Or the one’s you like?

I like the “posto por la cena” down the street. They have great pizzas there and great food for dinner. I recommend going there with your family.

What is the key to being wealthy?

Umm… Ahahah. There is no one way but, I think buying what’s important and necessary.

Who do you look up to? and why?

hmm… This is hard… I look up to Da vinci and his work. As a fellow Italian I love looking at his works on the weekends. All of his artworks are all great and gives me inspiration and motivation to live. I even have some of his artworks at home. 🙂

For people out there reading this Q&A do you have something to advise on “giving a good first impression”?

I think being confident is one of the key things to giving a good first impression. When I meet a lot of people, I try to look confident so I look and sounds like I know what I’m doing when I don’t ahah.

Do your parents pick who you marry?

hmm… I don’t think they really do. They are supportive and thoughtful of me. They are quite picky at sometimes but, I just persuade them, they know I’m smart.

Voted as the man of the year many men look up to you as an idol. You’ve got it all, what do you want to achieve from now on?

I really don’t know. My life is quite “spontaneous” so I just want to live life to the fullest. YOLO is key you know? I hope to find a woman that can be in my life soon. Being single is kinda sad you know ahahah.

SO we all know that you’re in an intimate relationship with Juliet. But, there are rumours about a guy called Romeo Montague sliding into Juliet’s DM’s. what do you make of this?

I don’t think Romeo is a threat, Romeo isn’t sliding into Juliet’s DM’s. That guy is no threat at all, to be honest. It’s all fine. 

The public think that Juliet is mourning over her cousin’s death. Is there any chance that she’s secretly meeting Romeo?

What! Where did that come from! No! But, they are also rumours that they had an affair.  I can’t believe you’ll say that. Wow. No, she isn’t!! (leaves room in anger)

UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2014

  1. What were the top three countries in terms of international arrivals in 2014

The three top countries were France, United States and Spain. 2.What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?

2.What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?

The three top countries in terms of international receipts in 2014 are the United States, China and France. 3.Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers

3.Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers in question 1 and 2.

Due to a lot of products made in United States and China a lot of the profit go to the US and China and not to the local country. This is why it creates the difference.

4.Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.

According to the data provided in UNWTO, there was a 2% increase in tourism in Africa. The region welcomed a total of 56 million people in 2014. The Ivory coast being one of the top growers with (+24%)

5.Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)

There has been a significant increase in tourist arrivals since 1950. We see substantial growth in all countries and Europe having the most growth. The UNWTO expect 1.8 billion people to travel in a year in  20306.In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

6.In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

I believe it is due to globalization and social media. Due to these developments people are more aware of the world and thus more interested in travelling.

 

Drama Set Creation

In the past few weeks, we have been focusing on creating our own set for the play “The Intruder”. We worked in partners for 4 periods and finished/created a set with our own interpretations. Before we started working on our stage set, we filled in information about the historical background of the play and some references to war.

When creating the stage I thought of abstract ideas that connect to the theme. First of all, I thought of the play and came to conclusion that the “lamp” plays a significant role in the play. Therefore, we placed the lamp in quite a central position so it would represent hope to the actors. After that, I understood the other theme of “the intruder”; it was the intervening themes of youth and death. To represent this idea, Kaz and I used a original idea to place the door in different directions. For the door that enters death, we created it so that the other side of the door is not be able to be seen as death is not visible. We also considered the setting of this house. We configured the windows so the house looks isolated. By using black as a wall colour, it emphasises the theme of darkness and ambiguity.

We also applied some techniques we learned in class to our stage. We implemented colour psychology in our stage. We used the colour blue for our seats because blue is often related to trust and peace. We thought that when the actors are sitting down, they have a sense of unity and trust. We also used a thrust theatre stage because it is perfect for the way we perform. There will be nothing hindering the audiences view of our play. An interesting component is that most of our furniture is black. This is to emphasise the historically dark times. We did some background research and found that war is approaching. We figured that this wasn’t the most economically and socially flourished period of history. 12988172_408998262625595_2057650787_n13014879_408998269292261_206603842_n

Drama Journal 7

Key idea:

In the past week, we have been honoured to work with Neil Farrelly. He has visited us from a studio from Nose to Nose. He introduced us the idea of “Physical drama”. As the name can tell this form of drama is formed around physical motions and actions. He brought us a new field in drama and at the same time asked us to create a physical skit. Most of the times he was very motivated and contented that he was able to teach us.

 

Approach:

We had a very unconventional and unorthodox way of starting things up. We basically learned how to “breathe”. We took one breath and moved around until we couldn’t scream. Within our breath, we had to form a circle and find a spot. Neil’s intention was to focus us on our breath so we can be more expressive. He also taught us different things in a short amount of time. We had to create a short song with our body parts and copied other people. We also had to move across the classroom with a specific restriction. Such as only two people are allowed to touch the floor. In a group of 4 or 5, we had to piggy back or carry each other to achieve this goal. To sum it up, most of our activities were very physical. Because most of our classes were sedentary due to learning texts it was a good change and we go to re-acknowledge the importance of using our body.

 

Outcome:

I think we had promising results from these activities. We got to re-focus on the idea of voice again. We learned that your voice isn’t just used to communicate with people. Through voice, you can communicate anxiousness, happiness and many different things. Neil taught us that our physical status is very important when executing an idea. I think that is why we focused a lot on our voice and how we can confidently execute it. I think a lesson that is definitely understated is the idea of taking in/accepting every idea. He worded as saying “yes” to everything. He told us that all the people in this room is talented so every idea is a good idea. Through the process of saying yes we found out that saying yes to everything can divert attention and be more effecient on time. He added on saying dedication and the right posture to taking on a activity is imperative. We enjoyed the activites and at the end I think we all improved as individuals. Many people become more confident through the “breath” activity. We all learnt a important lesson or two in this very short time with Neil. I personally think every lesson with him was inspiring. It was also interesting changing supervisors to learn the differences in teaching. We all became confident in ourselves as we created such a successful piece in a short amount of time. I really enjoyed it.

 

Connections:

I went to watch a theatrical piece that my friend was in the other day. I learned the very importance of using a large voice and its effectiveness. I was really surprised that so many elements we learned in not only Neil’s class but as a drama class was implemented in this piece. I was surprised how all of the actors were confident and used their voices to speak loudly. I realized from Neil’s lesson that by just being confident with your voice and posture is the difference between a good piece and an exceptional piece. I hope to apply the important lessons and skills we learned with him to make my performances better in the future.

My room is my mind.

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In this assignment, we had to envisage our own room as a set of a play. We cut out segments from a magazine and created a collage on a blank piece of canvas. We had to come up and create “My room is my…” piece. I believe that my room is my mind. They aren’t many kinds of genres of images on the canvas. I believe that I am simple and only think about a certian kind of idea in most circumstances.

First of all, I focused on the layout of the cut out images. I try to put them on top of each other and thought about the objects proximity too. This shows that my room is messy and unorganized. Also, I focused on the back ground of the image. I mainly have a lot of bare white backgrounds. This is due to showing that the room is white and plain. My room is very white and plain with only a few posters on the wall. I have a painting to display that. I cut the painting in those segments to show that they are numerous posters and the audience cannot see all of it. I have a t-shirt and words in the front because when you enter my room, it is cramped with shirts and books. The t-shirt is a soccer shirt to represent the owner of the rooms desire for sports. The computer and world cup trophy represent the little figurines that are sporacdically placed around my room. The two computers show the difference in my use of computers. At home I mostly use it for my entertainment and at school I use it for academic purposes. The numerous computers are to show the distinction between the use.

The main object that I particularly liked is my bed. The compound on the upper right of my yellow t-shirt is my bed. I created it so that my phone is like my bed. I wanted to abstractly communicate the idea of the internet being a true home for many people nowadays. So I used a unorthodox way of representing a bed and uses a phone to represent virtual reality and the peoples dependence on it. The quote “The internet is yours again” is to emphasise the idea of the internet being a kind of property and people taking care of it like a real thing. The quote abstractly communicates the idea of people caring about themselves in reality and in the internet world. The 5 items above the bed is basically representing what I like. The car and shoes represent how I, like most boys, like searching for new soccer cleats and looking at cars. The person on the very left is a person that I look up to and respect. He is a particularly popular person in the world which emphasises the owner of the rooms desire of sports. The two scenery on the bag is what I, the owner of the room, likes to do in the weekends. I think this composition accurately displays the owners desire, motivation and life style. The objects display a abstract theme and life lessons can be inferred from it.

Columbus Blog post

  1. My perspective of Columbus has changed from before the reader. Before the reading, I believed that Columbus was a heroic leader which opened the world to different skills and pieces of knowledge. After the video, I see him as a ruthless and gruesome person who took away freedom from the natives.
  2. Before the readings, I thought that the native Americans were neutral beings open to the exploitation of Colombus. After the reading, I empathise for the native Americans and the acts by Colombus were inhumane and unethical.
  3. It is hard to understand what is bias or not. The videos talk about modern perspectives and how the idea of stealing and killing is unethical now. Potentially there was a possibility of these acts being honoured rather than banished. We can be aware of these biases by staying open-minded in these controversial topics and understand that we are all entitled to our own interpretations.
  4. If I were to write about Columbus, I would focus on whether Colombus’s acts are justified from what he brought back to the people in Portugal. Are the gold and spices worth killing all those native Americans? We should praise him for his leadership and adventurous attitude, however, we should not celebrate major genocides.
  5. My reading focused on Colombus’s acts and what he did to the Indians. As a way, this can be perceived as truth because I personally didn’t know about this before reading and it surprised me that we have a holiday to celebrate him.

Drama journal 6: Movement

Key Idea: In the past two weeks we explored the idea of movement and its significance of it. Movement covers a vast majority of field from moving around the stage, the actions or dance and mime. Movement can help make a character. A shy person will fidget with his/her fingers to show in-confidence. The situation on the stage will alter the actors actions. There are many types of movement such as walking, reaching, crawling, jumping, rising, kneeling, etc. After observing the movement, the audience needs to focus on level of the actors, symmetry or not and how close they are in relation to each other. By considering these, it will help understand the scene better.

Approach: First we received a piece of paper that had many different kinds of movement. We had to choose several and implement them in our scenes. We used our body’s to communicate different ideas such as, conformity, isolation, independence and freedom. After that, we created a scene with 4 freeze frames that go through birth, child, adult, old age. We had to express the ideas through body language and with no speech. We crawled on the ground when we were a child and wobbled to and fro when we were at an old age. We had to communicate this idea without usage of speech in any sort.

Outcomes: In the first exercise my group (Shaun, Joshua, Kaz and I) worked on the 4 freezing scenes. We showed isolation by our difference in groups and showed union when we were are huddled up together. Another excercise we did was with me and Kaz. We showed isolation by using space effectively and differing levels. We focus on the we won’t be symmetrical and have no relation in each other. In the second exercise with the four,  it was quite easy to create the scenes as it was easy to come up with ideas. It didn’t take us long for us to think and act. We showed isolation in birth and union in child. We then repeated that with the necessary and appropriate context.

Connections: It is important to know how to use movement in theatres and scenes. Movement can be used as a key concept in theatre. Movement alone can pot ray many different kind of ideas and themes by the actors placement and actions. It is important to express ideas and concepts without using speech. Also movement can create a character and define who you are. In real life, people observe actions and movement to see what kind of person they are. A person that is energetic seems to be moving a lot whereas a person that is shy would not stand out that much. Movement is important to understand people better.

Drama journal 7

Key idea:

These few weeks, we have focused on mood and movement. We learned the significance of mood and how mood can affect us. Mood is the emotion that the audience feels while watching your scene or play. Contrary to many belief, mood is just how the audience feels, not how the actors want them to feel. We learned that there are many ways to create mood. We focused this week with colour and movement and its affect. We talked about what effect certain colours have on the audience. For example, the colour red can have both positive and negative effects. Commonly it is inferred as love however, there are different interpretations on this; such as anger. When showing love, the actors can move slowly to let the audience be empathised.

Approach:

We had multiple activities to approach this idea. We were introduced to the concept of interpreting ideas when we were supposed to write down whatever we though of when displayed a colour. Then we did a task where we were divided into two and work on piece. One of the groups were blindfolded (B) and the other group was supposed to inhibit a scene. (A) Group A used different sounds and movements to create a mood of a shopping mall. The group uses props and sounds and involved group B. On the other hand group B had to create a hospital scene. They showed business by creating chaos with sounds. It also used props and sounds in attempt to create the mood.

Outcome:

I think both groups did well. It was a nice introduction to a larger task. I think we all easily understood the idea of mood. We found it very difficult to make the audience interpret something with just sound and movement. However, I think it was very absorbing task and we learned a lot from it. I look forward to the larger task. ‘

Connections:

I think there are many things in real life that try to use these techniques to inhibit an emotion. For example, in disney land, the tower of terror; before the ride starts, the entrants are displayed a spooky video to create the spookiness and to build up tension. I think the idea of mood is very difficult to effectively perform but is highly effective when trying to show a message. I really enjoyed the mood task with the shopping and hospital.