During the S2 Elective pupils have been learning new skills to do with many different elements of Production Skills, including stage fighting, make-up, costume design, props, lighting and sound.
During block 1 pupils have particularly enjoyed looking at make-up especially special effects make up.
Take a look at some of the make-up work pupils have been completing during the elective.
Why use make up?
1. To help establish the character.
2. To help an actor feel more like the character and therefore give a more convincing performance
3. To allow the audience to clearly see the actors’ features and therefore the expressions.
4. To help replace the loss of colour from the actor’s face sometimes caused by stage lighting.
Have a look at stage combat.
watch our some of the stage fighting lesson above.
Why use costume on stage?
- Helps to build a character
- Creates an immediate effect
- Makes an instant statement
Costume can tell an AUDIENCE
•Period of Time
(e.g Ancient Rome)
(e.g raining, a heat wave, snow)
•Occupation of a character
(e.g Fire Fighter)
(e.g wedding, funeral, party)
•Personality of the character
(e.g Snobby, Moody, Evil etc)
Important costume Vocab:
•Costume: Clothes worn by actors for their character
•Hats: Items worn on head in keeping with the character being played
•Jewellery: Items worn on ears, necks or wrists in keeping with costume worn
•Wigs: Artificial hair in a variety of colours and styles for any character part
•Costume List: A list of all costumes for each character in a drama
•Period Costume: Costume which reflects clothing from a time in history
Why we use Lighting?
Why use sound?
1.To establish the mood/atmosphere of the presentation
2.To enhance the mood/atmosphere of the presentation
3.To enhance the actor’s performance e.g slapstick, villian, hero
4.To sustain audience interest during set changes
What can lighting tell an audience?
WHAT can sound tell an audience?
1.Establish the locality e.g seaside, city traffic
2.Establish the weather e.g wind, rain
3.Establish the time of day e.g owls, clock chiming
4.Add atmosphere e.g creepy music
5.Indicate events off stage e.g car arriving, door bell ringing.
Props (short for properties) are items used or carried by an actor, or items on the set.
- A PERSONAL PROP is usually an item carried or worn by a character e.g glasses, handbag, wallet.
- A SET PROP is an item placed on the set, usually part of it, e.g a lamp, a clock, a picture.