- Finish your 4 books for Semester Nonfiction Project. I’ve decided to drop most of the non-book requirements. I’ll only ask that you either watch one documentary, read one longform article, or interview one real-life expert.
- Complete 4 Rhetoric in the Wild Experiences. For each, you need a 1-page report that explains what happened and what you learned.
- Contact me if you want to redo or take the 2nd half of the Final exam.
OK, let’s get moving…
Here are the rules to help you plan your blocking:
- Don’t just stand still. After 3-5 lines, usually someone should move somewhere.
- When you move, move for a reason. Just wandering from point A to point B pointlessly will be distracting. Create a motivation for the movement. Know why you’re making this choice.
- It doesn’t have to be entirely realistic. Actors need to look at the audience more than each other, so allow them to “cheat” so that they can be seen. Sometimes, they’ll talk directly to the audience rather than each other. It’s not real; it’s drama!
- Use levels. Find reasons and excuses for people to stand/sit/climb a ladder so that there isn’t just a flat level of people talking to each other. It’s boring to see a bunch of people standing on the stage all the time.
- Give people things to do. Depending on what’s happening in the scene, actors should be doing something, completing a task so that they’re not just gawking at each other.
- Create Stage Pictures. Think about how the actors are arranged in the scene. Does it look aesthetically pleasing? Are we engaged? Does their placement tell us something about the relationships and events of the play?
Ok, we’ll look at the early parts of Death of a Salesman to get an idea about what this looks like and you’re ready to go.