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November 7, 2015
by 20battyr
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Character Elevator Scene Reflection

8B Drama: Elevator Scene3 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

In drama class we did a small elevator scene. I worked with Will, Airi and Allison. Overall I think the Elevator scene went pretty well, I followed my character and my group worked effectively. We used the elevators space and created a small narrative.

In the scene I used status to enforce the characters of my snobby and annoyed personality to create tension on the elevator to not talk with me. In the scene I told them how I was more important them them to create the difference of status.    I used stereotypes to make my character clear to the audience and to help create my character.  In the scene I was a gang accountant pretending to be a wealthy businessman. I used the stereotype of a snobby businessman to further the idea that he is not all that he seems and inform the audience of my character clearly.  My attitudes were that of someone who does not deal with average people and impatient. I showed this In the scene I took my ID disrespectfully and tried to avoid contact with the other characters in the elevator. Another example of this was my use of my tall overlooking nature and how I tried to not look at the other charactersHe doesn’t care about others conveniences.  During the scene my motivation of getting away with stolen money was shown when the money was seen from my suitcase, allowed the characters to see my darker nature in the scene.   I used a tall physicality to express my ideology of being superior to the other characters.  I used a posh strong English accent to tell the audience my rich upbringing and my snobby nature.  I demonstrated the relationships with the other characters by being passive aggressive and raising my status above them.   In the scene my character developed when the other characters noticed the stolen money in my suitcase. My character became more nervous and less self confident.

In conclusion, This unit I think I made progress from previous years in drama.  I was able to show changes in mood, showing personality subtly and showing character reacting to changing events. In retrospect, I could have showed these changes dramatically especially movement if the scenario offered more movement. Next time I would like to improve on using space well.

October 8, 2015
by 20battyr
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Characterisation: Stereotypes

Characterisation: Stereotypes

In drama characterisation is the idea of taking the character in a play or story and adapting into character for the performance. The actor may use descriptions and suggestion by the characters description to identify their motivations, body language, reactions and attitude. However many actors often start their character by using stereotypes. Stereotyping is when you assign a common appearance, attitude and verbal and non-verbal language.  An example of a stereotype is the common stereotype of an overweight policeman with flattop haircut who likes to eat donuts or of how a posh Englishman always talks in a posh accent, carries a cane and a top hat and wears glasses. However we hardly ever actually see these characters in our real world.  You may ask, why would an actor want to use a stereotype then?  Well, by using stereotypes an actor can prepare a character easy for a quick performance, or he can use it as base to develop the character into a more unique character. However there is a downside to using stereotypes.  Stereotypes represent us a people, like how a mother is the one who stays at home and looks after the kids, the dad is the one who goes out an work in the office.  And the old person is a scientist who works in a lab. However in our world there are many mothers who work as scientists, dads who look after the children and grandpas who go off to work. Stereotypes don’t necessarily accurately represent the job or role there character is. Why does a mother have to be classified as staying at home? Finally stereotyping eventually can be overdone. People know what to expect from the character once they know he is a stereotype. By creating a more unique character, the audience will enjoy the performance more.

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