After teaching this class for two terms, I've been given the go ahead to draft a new syllabus. I'd really appreciate you input, as you have a better idea of what is or isn't effective about this class.
There were some speedbumps this term, as the class shot up from 10 to 22 students, making lectures challenging., so I'm throwing out some questions your way..
which would you rather have more of.
if so, on what and for how long
theory and technique
i made the call to focus more on maximizing the time on critique this term and attempted to roll in a theme or two per class and to explore that through the work.
and on to the bullet points of syllabus 2.0
- ball bounce. - cycle lecture
- cycle with character - run or walk, hop or skip. up to the student.
- cycle final
- idle to walk off stage
- idle to walk offstage 2
- idle to walk offstage final
- pantomime exercise. blocking
- pantomime exercise first pass
- pantomime exercise. second pass
- pantomime exercise. polish
- acting. blocking
- acting. first pass
- acting. second pass
- acting. polish pass
- last class. individual reel critique, cleanup on any pieces from this term.
Your input is important - my only interaction with the academy is showing up once a week and trying to cover as much ground as I can. I've found so far in every class there's a pretty broad range of skills and by having a longer period for each assigment, it will allow people time to take their work to a more finished level.
so far it seems people would like to see more of a focus on weight mechanics as well as class demos.
One thing I'm struggling with is whether to keep the exercises the same for everyone, but have and advanced portion to them, or keep them a little more general, so that if we're doing a pantomime piece, the student can use that to do a weight exercise. I don't want to punish the beginning or advanced students, and it seems the syllabus needs to cater to both.