CURRICULUM - Acting

The Revathy Kalamandhir Film Academy acting programs are unlike any other actor training programs. It is a focused convergence of traditional and modern methods of the art of acting, streamlined for the digital era's storytelling. The One-Year program is divided into two 20-week semesters. Each of the 20-week semesters demands the students to devote a total commitment of time and a complete involvement in the classes. The acting students may require to spend additional time in the evenings and weekends for rehearsals and workshops.

Medium of instruction will be English

 
I Semester Overview

practical hands on experience
The best way to learn how to act in films is to actually act in films. Our students begin acting in front of the camera from the very beginning of the program. Students get the opportunity to practice the techniques and skills they have gained in class with exercises that are shot and reviewed. Each student's strength and weakness are identified and corrected to make she or he a wholistic performer. Each student will be guided to develop their potentials based on their unique abilities.

professional faculty
Under the able guidence of our CEO, Smt. Menaka Sureshkumar, who herself has an experience of more than 160 films as a lead actor, and Shri. Chandramohan Nair (Ex. HoD of Acting, FTII, Pune) and Shri. Raghuthaman (Abhinaya) and other Guest Faculty our course will be a rewarding and empowering experience for a talented person.

film productions
Apart from the participation in the project works of the Direction and Screenplay Writing course students the acting course students will have tailor made short films or scenes that are created for them exploring each student’s abilities and inclinations. By the time of graduation each student will have an excellent show reel.

The first semester concentrates on building a foundation in the craft of acting, using training techniques rooted in the theater but applicable to screen acting. Students participate in a broad array of core classes that introduce them to finding the actor within, while simultaneously training their instrument to do the kind of technical, emotional, and physical work necessary for film acting. We believe that film actors benefit immeasurably from working in front of a live audience. In addition to work in front of the camera, training in the first semester builds towards a live performance as well.

Learning Goals:
1. Explore and learn the principles of acting technique. 2. Learn the vocabulary of filmmaking for actors.
3. Become familiarized with the logistics of performance on a film set.
4. Recognize the differences between film acting and stage performance.
5. Understand how to break down a scene and analyse a character.

III Semester Overview

In the second semester, the core classes continue as the students' focus intensifies on applying the techniques they have learned to more elaborate scene work, on camera exercises, and film shoots - all designed to develop and hone their screen-acting ability. All students perform in film or video shoots, oftentimes, original work that was created and developed by the students in collaboration with their instructors. In addition, a variety of classes are given to broaden students' knowledge of acting techniques, the film business, and the many different aspects of filmmaking that impact the actor's ability to perform on set.

The second semester culminates in a live performance and public presentations of student film work. Throughout the course the students will have interaction sessions with veteran film and stage actors and the current lead actors. Students will be also be instructed by masters from traditional performing arts like Kootiyaattom and Kathakali and kalari traditions.

Earning Goals:
1. Learn to work for directors with varying styles.
2. Learn how to work in films with live sound recording.
3. Gain knowledge of the differences between demands upon the actor on film productions versus television productions.
4. Learn how to prepare for and present yourself for auditions.
5. Understand the business of the acting craft.

Performance Goals:
1. Perform scenes and workshop exercises developed and rehearsed through instruction in different acting methods.
2. Develop, rehearse, and perform in a fully-realized film scene shot in the studio or on location. This project is presented to an invited audience at the end of the semester.
3. Break down, analyze, and rehearse stage scenes and perform in these scenes for an invited audience.
4. Participation in the Dialogue, Mis-en-scene excercises and in the Diploma films of the other students.

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