Directing Non-Actors

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Directing Non-Actors

Fall 2019

Taught By: Lily Henderson

Section: AX

CRN: 7436

Credits: 4

If you have ever told someone to ‘act natural’ in front of the camera, you know that the result is not often what you were hoping for. The term “non-actor” is commonly used to describe people in narrative films who have no formal actor training. Directors working in this hybrid-like genre sometimes choose to cast non-professional actors who have actually lived through the story they are presenting on screen. In other films, documentary subjects might be asked to take part in re-creations of previously lived moments. The director and non-actor often collaborate in all stages of the filmmaking process from script through post. The results can be spellbinding. Part of this course will examine both contemporary as well as historically significant films that have engaged in this intense practice. Film screenings will be paired with various directing exercises that will span both traditional and non-traditional techniques. In the second half of the semester you will collaborate with a non-professional actor of your choosing and make a 5-10 minute narrative or narrative driven documentary film. In addition, guest filmmakers will offer their own insights into this unique creative partnership that requires transparency and trust. This course has heavy demands on advanced editing and cinematography skills - it is strongly recommended that students complete both Editing and Cinematography, or have demonstrably commensurate experience, before registering for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 13

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:25pm 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 821

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019