June 3

Drama Comedy Reflection

In this unit of Drama, we explored physical comedy, can development a unique character around the central idea of comedy. We prepared and practiced tricks such as the snap sticks, and we also incorporated in the idea of portraying a character through the usage of hats. And finale we created our own comedy routine.

Influence

The visit of the comedian Rene was very influential in our comedy routine’s development. He helped me to create and development of my character. I took in his suggestion of learning some Chinese sword martial arts. Because I can use that to incorporate the sword tricks into the stick that I was using. After some research of Kung Fu sword/ stick martial arts, I discovered Jackie Chan.  And his Kung Fu comedy films also influenced the development of my character, into a comedic, Kung Fu grandpa. By incorporating a straw hat, old- man- walk, and some slap- sticks. Not only did I took inspiration from some of Jackie Chan’s films, I was also inspired by Rene’s demonstration of Chinese Swords Fights moves as well. With his ways of making a fight scene very hilarious, such as by making funny noises like Bruce Lee with the mouth as you do a move.

Feedback

I received feedback from Ms. Ericsson, saying that we need to make our comedy routine more active and snappy. So we change our comedy routine according to the feedback and cut out the talking parts and added more action parts. Also, I learnt a very important aspect of and sort of drama production from Rene’s feedback, that the ending is the most crucial. So, applied the feedback of making Meg a surprisingly strong character who accidentally wonders on stage, and knocks everyone down by mistake. And used it as a unexpected ending, as it differs from the idea of a boxing match. As for my own character, it was especially influenced by Rene’s suggestion of researching some Chinese Sword Martial Arts. Which was what gave the inspiration of looking at some of Jackie Chan’s work.

Overall, I enjoyed this unit. And with the help from the comedian visits, I think our comedy routine was successful. I have applied thing that I have learnt from class such as the slap stick. Also, I took in advises from Rene and made a strong and adequate and comedic ending. Though I think we could have divided our parts more evenly.

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May 9

Comedy Timeline

1. Ancient Greek Comics

Greek comedy was performed as a form of theatre with great influence, throughout out the 6th century BCE, across the ancient Greece. The most famous playwrights of the genre were Aristophanes and Menander and their works, which poked fun at politicians, philosophers, and fellow artists just like how comedy is now days. The comedy play followed a conventional structure. The first part was the parados, where the Chorus of as many as 24 performers entered and performed a number of song and dance routines. The second phase of the show was the agon which was often a verbal contest or debate between the principal actors with fantastical plot elements and the fast changing of scenes which may have included some improvisation. Together, Greek comedy and Greek Tragedy will become the foundation of what the modern day theatre is based upon.

2. Medieval Comics

A jester, court jester or fool was historically an entertainer during the medieval era who was a member of the household of a nobleman employed to entertain him and his guests. During the medieval times, the jesters were given a power that no other person in the kingdom was granted: the power to openly mock any noble he saw fit, even the King or Queen. So long as it was done in a jesting manner, a jester could get away with poking fun at any of the nobles shortcomings. As mentioned before, this aspect of mocking is also commonly found in modern day comedy.

3. Renaissance Comics

During the 11th century in England, a new trait of vital comedy emerged. The tradition of the interlude, developed by John Heywood and others, blended with that of Latin classic comedy, eventually producing the great Elizabethan comedy, which reached its highest expression in the plays of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. Shakespeare, whose comedies ranged from the farcical to the tragicomic, was the master of the romantic comedy, while Jonson, whose drama was strongly influenced by classical tenets, wrote caustic, rich satire.

In 17th-century France, the classical influence was combined with that of the commedia dell’arte in the drama of Molière, one of the greatest comic and satiric writers in the history of the theatre. This combination is also presented in the plays of the Italian Carlo Goldoni. After a period of suppression during the Puritan Revolution, the English comic drama reemerged with the witty, frequently licentious, consciously artificial comedy of manners of Etherege,Wycherley, Congreve, and others.

4. Melodramatic Comics 

A melodrama is a dramatic or literary work in which the plot, which is typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions, takes precedence over detailed characterisation. It is considerably a new genre of drama since it has only been around in the 1770s. Melodrama takes a normal, everyday situation and throw in absurd twists – fake murders, bizarre disorders, ridiculous betrayals, ludicrous love stories, the list goes on and on – all of which conspire to render the normal abnormal in a fun and relatable way.

5. Circus Comics

A circus is a company of performers that may include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other object manipulation and stunt-oriented artists. Welfare State International create some of the biggest and strangest and most radical theatre of the 1970s and 80s, greatly inspired during the latter stages by their loathing of Thatcherite policies and values. Founded by John Fox and Sue Gill, Roger Coleman and others, WSI thrives through the decades as an ever-changing, multidisciplinary band of artists.

6. Cinematic Comics

Cinematic comedy is one of the oldest film genre and one of the most  popular. Comedy was ideal for the early silent films, as it was dependent on visual action and physical humor rather than sound. A good example of this is slapstick. It is one of the earliest forms of comedy, poked fun at farcical situations of physical humours events. One of the most iconic early- day silent film comedian is Charlie Chaplin. He represents the comedy of the 19th century. His work “the Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.

 

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January 26

Drama Infomercial

How can I improve as a public speaker?

Speech elements –

I think in this infomercial project, I was able to lower the pitch of my voice, to sound more cool and put more energy into the video. But I think I could improve my vocal modulations, because I needed to loud for people to hear me, while still maintaining a low pitched voice. Which is an important aspect of public speaking. Being loud enough, but sound good enough as well. Which I think I could have done better.

Opportunities –

In order to have more opportunities for me to speak publicly, I will introduce my performances during concerts. In addition, I will try to the MC for the next MS Red & White concert. To introduce the acts and performances. I think this will be a great opportunity to practice and improve by public speaking skills. Also, I think I could use that opportunity to use my ability to make my the pitch of my voice lower, to sound more dramatic.

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December 14

Drama Speech Reflection – Criterion D

I think I did pretty good at delivering my speech. I projected my voice well. I tried to maintain eye- contact with the audience. But sometimes I looked down, at my paper. Also, sometimes, my speaking wasn’t so fluent, made some mistakes. But I think I recovered. I think I had some tonality and articulation in my speech. Because my topic was really complicated, so it can be challenging for me to explain it, if you don’t know it. So next, I should think about the topic that I will talk about, by considering the audiences.

In the future, I think that the techniques and knowledge from this persuasive speech will come in really handy when I’m trying to persuade someone. In situations such as a job interview. When I want to persuade the interviewer to hire me.

To prepare a speech, I needed to do some research about the topic, then I had to illustrate and organise the facts into points to talk about. I also made a paper for some of the quotes, and points for help me when I speak. Knowing how to structure the speech very useful because it helps you to practice how to organise points in logical and effective way when speaking. The ability to present well is also quite important. Because it can help practice speak confidently. Such as you need to have proper vocal modulation.

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November 2

Elevator Scene Reflection

Overall, I think our elevator scene went quite successful. Everyone portrated a vastly different characteristic. But we all interacted with each other, and thought that we displayed our characteristics well. Which is what made this scene interesting and funny.

I displayed very extroverted and out- going attitude, to create my character. I as my character initiatively tried to start conversation with other characters in the scene. Which also illustrated my character’s motivation. Because he was a stereotypical extrovert, very out- going and talkative, that why he tried talk with random people he just met in the elevator. This extroverted personality was also shown by his relationship with other character. The extreme comparison to Everest’s character with his introverted personality. I was trying to talk to him, whereas he just hid his face and did not look at me.

In addition, I showed status by bending down to talk to Everest and Tessa sometimes while they were sitting on the ground, and standing the up the whole time. This physicality aspect of my character standing up straight, presents a character with slightly higher status.

In this unit I learnt how to create a character using aspects of a person such as status, stereotype and motivation. Stay in a character and not breaking it was something that I found a challenging. Maybe I can improve on fully portraying a complete different character, without any part of me.

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September 8

Stereotypes

Stereotypes are the assumption that we make to certain types of people’s characteristics. The way we assume how specific individuals will act, speak or look (appearance). Example are (please don’t get offended)

  • All Arabs and Muslims are terrorists.
  • Italian or French people are the best lovers.
  • All Jews are greedy.
  • All Asians are good at math. All Asians like to eat rice and drive slow.

Personally, I think stereotypes aren’t really a good thing. We shouldn’t judge people according to their stereotypes. Just like how we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover page. A bad example is that black people get treated unfairly, because of their stereotype/ skin colour, racism. If one person of that kind, has an odd personality, doesn’t mean the entire race has an odd one.

I don’t think stereotypes are a useful thing. It sometimes gives us wrong impressions of people, and sometimes let us to misjudge people. It probably would end up badly in misunderstandment. And we want to treat people nicely and fairly, for who they really are, not their stereotype.

Ya never know, a tough looking guy might be nerdy 🙂

 

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May 13

Drama Trailer —- SPY RACER

Hello guys, today I’ll be showing you our current project that we’ve been working on for drama class in the couple weeks recently. This unit in drama is speech and how you speak. So we have been working on making our on movie trailer and are assessed on the voice over part. Here’s the example that my group had made. Be hold, the SPY RACER!! (Hope you enjoy :3 )

  • Reflection

I think out group have done a really good job creating this trailer. It had the right music at the right scene, some cool action part like the matrix and some funny part. Overall I think I did a really good job in the voice over part. But I think we could of have added more voice over part.

 

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