THTR 43A: SCRIPT ANALYSIS
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade Only|
Student Learning Outcomes
- A successful student will analyze realistic texts for structure, origins of choices and motivations in human behaviors.
- A successful student will understand how to prepare and vibrantly execute and communicate a scripts message as either actor, designer, director or management.
- A successful student will apply the integrated skills of realistic textual analysis into tangible production choices by employing imagination, observation and concentration, as they apply to determining character action and/or production elements.
The student will be able to:
A. Identify the fundamental premises of analyzing the structure and common patterns of a playscript.
B. Analyze Realistic texts for origins of choices and motivations in human behaviors.
C. Apply the integrated skills of Realistic textual analysis in relationship to tangible possible production choices as they apply to plot, character and imagery.
D. Recognize a variety of Realistic dramatic literature, drawn from a broad range of multi-ethnic/multi-cultural sources.
Through structured lecture, teacher demonstrations and student projects, the student will explore and apply the techniques of reading and comprehending the structure of a play, and how that translates to production possibilities. Students will develop an enhancement of the script reading process through exposure to outlined topics, below:
A. Identify structural components of a text using specified analysis methodologies.
1. Investigate all literary elements, including exposition, theme, motivation, obstacle, conflict, climax, resolution
B. Transference of theoretical ideas into script analysis to determine the "why" of the character's written text.
4. Internal forces of decision making
C. Applying an analytical framework to determine the "how" of communicating the text for a theoretical production.
1. Analyze and define effective communication of story and plot elements
2. Investigate possible textual communication through the written character elements of sentence structure, grammar and word choices
3. Explore imagery created by the text as it might translate to staging and design
D. Employ a broad range of dramatic literature drawn from the best of Realistic modern and contemporary drama including culturally diverse literature for production.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
B. Occasional need for media access and resources.
C. Access to library, printed, and audio visual research materials.
D. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address.
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Evaluation of student script analysis work including specified notations.
B. Demonstration of acquisition of theory and techniques acquired and absorbed through execution of prepared oral presentations.
C. Demonstration of consistent growth and development through class discussion and participation.
D. Required written assignments, specifically demonstration by the student of involvement in the course material through written critiques by the student of projects and assignments, followed by the instructor's evaluation of both the project and the critique.
E. Group project presentation of role research and modes of communication.
Method(s) of Instruction
Lecture, discussion, cooperative learning exercises, oral presentations, demonstration.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Thomas, James. Script Analysis for Actors, Directors and Designers. 5th ed. Burlington: Focal Press, 2013.
Play texts to be selected by the instructor on a term-by-term basis, designed towards the individual student's needs, drawn from outstanding examples of modern and contemporary Realistic dramatic literature.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Read assigned individual and/or class scripts.
B. Read assigned text for quiz and discussion.
C. Write analysis assignments and supporting theoretical notations.
D. Write live performance critique.
E. Read assigned text.