One activity that we did during Improvisation was called “Yes, and”. We were paired up with someone, and we would have to respond to their statement with a “Yes and” at the start.
a: Let’s go to the beach today
b: Yes, and let’s bring some drinks there!
We were only allowed to add on to our partner’s sentence; we were not allowed to change the topic and say anything else at the start of the sentence other than “Yes, and”.
- I used to think that it wouldn’t be wrong to not participate in games and ask my questions. It is not that it is wrong, but now I think it is better to participate in games and ask whatever questions I have. After I stopped being shy and just started taking risks, I realised how much more I learned. I started participating in more games, and I understood that my risk-taking made my classmates feel more comfortable participating, which resulted in more of us learning more from the game.
- I remember one big idea about Improvisation is how I should go along with anything my co-actor says. The “Yes, and” activity will help me remember this. It was emphasised that the scene will not go anywhere if we say ‘no’ or don’t go along with something our co-actor says. This idea will help make my scene easy frot the audience to understand and will flow smoothly.
- One thing I did well was that I took more risks. Instead of acting as a teenager, which I am, I acted as an old lady. I think this makes the scene more interesting and challenges the person acting with me. One thing I struggled with is to come up with ideas quickly. I wanted to think outside of the box and act as a character I normally would ever act as. I hope I can work on this better throughout the theatre lessons. Observing my peers and how they approach an acting task or working with my classmates will definitely help me improve to become a better ensemble member. When I observe people acting, I tend to start doing what they did that I liked. This will broaden and build my acting skills. If I work more often with my peers than by myself, I will learn how to work as an ensemble better.
What did you do well
- I used imagery and many phrases to easily convey the setting or how the character felt
What do you still need to work on
- I need to work on my grammar and my narrative techniques
Set a goal for yourself for the creative writing portfolio and post-assessment
- I hope to improve my grammar and how to describe experiences/characters better
1. Identify the 5 shots in the 5-shot sequence
- Extreme Close-up (ECU)
- Close-up (CU)
- Medium Shot (MS)
- Point of view/Over the shoulder (POV/OTS)
- Interesting/Unusual Shot
2. Describe the shot sizes in the first 4 shots (from what to what part of the body, for example)
An extreme close-up is a shot which only focuses on a single characteristic of an object or actor. Examples of extreme close-ups of the actor include the nose, eyes, mouth or hands. The full screen will only focus on one of these features. An example of extreme close-ups of an object is the home page of the character’s phone. This allows the audience to see everything in detail.
A close-up shot is often used for showing the actor’s face or to show a specific action. A close-up shot of the face starts at the forehead and ends at the chin. This increases intimacy between the audience and the actor which causes the audience to better understand what the character is feeling. An example of a close-up to show a specific action is when the character is folding clothes. The shot would only include the actor’s hand and the clothes they are folding.
A medium shot is the most used shot. A medium shot tends to start at the top of the actor’s head and ends at their waist or knees. We do not see the full body of the actor. This creates a basic relationship between the actor and the audience. Medium shots also give the audience a clue on where the actor currently is as the background is visible. An example of a medium shot is a girl sitting in the library reading a book. The shot would only include her head to her knees.
A point of view or over the shoulder shot is used to show a connection between two characters. This shot must include one of the actors shoulder or head facing away from the camera. The shot will either focus on the actor holding their phone or on the other character our actor is talking to. This shows some type of relationship between the two people. An example would be an over the shoulder shot of someone video calling their friend.
3. Give a visual example of the 5th shot
Example 1. Dutch Angle Shot (Crooked/Slanted shot)
Example 2. Overhead Shot
- Risk Taker ( willing to be open-minded to new things/ideas )
- Positive and Energetic ( have a good attitude towards everything )
- Aware and in Control ( observe how your actions impact other people )
- Focused ( concentrate on what you are doing )
- Active Listener ( find out how you can cooperate with other people’s ideas into you )
- Cooperative and Collaborative ( work alongside your peers )
- Efficient ( use your time wisely )
- Leaders and Followers ( know when it is your turn to step up or step back )
- Positively Critical & able to act on that criticism ( constructive criticism/positive feedback )
What I think I need to work on:
I think that I need to work on quality 8. I tend to be a follower more than a leader. Whenever I am doing group work, I usually wait for someone else to initiate the conversation and tell the rest of us their ideas first instead of me talking first. Even if I do have some ideas, I normally stay quiet until I feel like I should say them out loud. I now realize how that can impact my learning and my peers’ learning as well. This is something I really want to work on because I feel that it is important for me to get rid of this habit of mine. From now on, my goal is to step up whenever I have the chance to and always voice out my ideas.
What I think I am good at:
I think I am good at quality 2. I always look towards theatre lesson because I just love how everyone is very energetic and enthusiastic. In my opinion, I feel to be successful in theatre and to be a good actor you have to be energetic and positive. Compared to English or Maths, if you are quiet it does not really affect your work. To me theatre is only fun and interesting if I stay energetic thus, I always am enthusiastic and positive during theatre classes.
The first theatre performance I ever did was when I was in elementary school. It was just a short musical which involved many animals. I loved that we had to memorize a few lines because i thought it was very fun and I remember that I felt really old. 🙂 I was a monkey so I had to wear this monkey onesie. I remember it to be insanely itchy and tight. I hated it so much that I did not even say my lines and just stood frozen on the stage! I didn’t say anything or move at all. I don’t remember anything else other than that but after this happened, I learnt that if it is not a big issue, I still have to remain in my character and continue acting. I would say it was a funny memory!
I am currently reading the book One of us is next by Karen McManus. It is the sequel of the book One of us is lying.
I like how the book already introduced the main plot in the third chapter because it makes me question what will happen next.
I was not able to successfully read 20 minutes every night over the weekend but I will do it from now on because the book just got more interesting!
Strengths and Weaknesses :
- My strengths are that I am a good listener and I am very observant. I can catch small details and connect the dots between two things very quickly.
- My weaknesses are that my vocabulary could be stronger and that I am not too strong at analyzing texts.
Some goals I want to achieve :
- I want to increase my reading time everyday to 20 minutes so I can improve my vocabulary and how I analyze texts.
- I want read or watch more news related articles/shows. I believe that if I read more news articles, I will have a better sense on what is going on around the world and might be able to incorporate it in my essays or discussions.
Resources that are available to me :
I have many books at home that I could easily pick up and read to help me achieve my goals. I could also visit the school library to pick up some books.
Potential Obstacles :
Some obstacles that I could potentially face is not having enough time to spend time on reading books because of other subjects. To solve this, I could make a schedule to plan out when I can read books so I have enough time to focus on my other subjects as well as english