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Stage Directing 101

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Samantha Waldrop

on 22 July 2014

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Transcript of Stage Directing 101

Mass and Form
Types of Form
Steps in Creating Picturization
Stage Directing 101
-The structure, form or design of a group of actors.

-Expresses the feeling and mood of a subject (actor/textual analysis) through color, line, mass and form.

Blue: loyalty, wisdom, trust, religious
Red: love, passion, danger
Yellow: energy, movement, creativity

Green: money, birth, envy, growth
Purple: power, luxury, royalty, spirituality

Orange: success, change, encouragement
Brown: earthy, calm, honesty, simple

Horizontal Line: restful and calm

Perpendicular Line: grandeur and regal elements

Diagonal Line: expresses movement

Curved Line: natural flow

Broken line: creates anxiety and unrest

Mass: grouping actors

Form: expressing a mood of a play through arrangement of the mass.

Symmetrical: (5 or more actors) formality, artificiality, coldness and rigid.

Irregular: (5 or more actors) casual, informal and impersonal.

Shallow: (2-4 actors) closest to downstage

Deep: (1-4 actors) closest to upstage

Compact: (multiple) warmth or force, power and menace.

Diffused: indifference, isolation, individualism and turmoil.

-The visual interp of each movement in the play.
-It is the placing of characters in a locale that suggests their mental and emotional attitudes towards one another.
-The situation of the scene should be conveyed to the audience without the use of dialogue.
-The visual interp should be developed as fully as the auditory.

1. Analyze the scene for purpose, character objectives and attitudes so it may be definitely titled: Love, Struggle, Oppression

2. Determine the mood qualities inherent in the title.

3. Express the nature of the mood in terms of the value of composition such as line and form.

4. Visualize the background of the situation, characters and setting.
5. Place your characters in proper areas of the stage.
6. Apply the factors of color.
7. Check the attitude of the actor. Make sure the actor and director are on the same page analytically.
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