drama - key terms

What is body language ?
Body language is communication by movement or position, particularly facial expressions, gestures and the relative positions of a speaker and listener. It may be the message being conveyed or it may add layers of meaning to the words that are spoken.
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What is a character ?
a person in a novel, play, or film
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what is characteristisation ?
The creation or construction of a fictional character.
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what is cross cutting ?
a drama technique borrowed from the world of film editing, where two scenes are intercut to establish continuity. In drama and theatre the term is used to describe two or more scenes which are performed on stage at the same time.
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What is dialogue ?
A conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or film
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What is direct address ?
Speaking directly to the audience breaking the fourth wall and destroying any illusion of reality.
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What is facial expression ?
one or more motions or positions of the muscles beneath the skin of the face, a form of non verbal communication.
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What is flashback ?
a scene in a film, novel, etc. set in a time earlier than the main story
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What is focus ?
The specific point of attention on stage at any moment created by the shaping of any aspect or aspects of the dramatic experience in such a way as to purposefully direct the attention of the audience.
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What is forum theatre ?
a type of theatre -he audience would suggest different actions for the actors to carry out on-stage in an attempt to change the outcome of what they are seeing
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What is hot seating ?
Questions are asked to someone sitting in the 'hot-seat' who answers in character.
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What is language register ?
the level of formality with which you speak. Different situations and people call for different registers.
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What is levels ?
Space and levels. The acting area is generally called a stage, and might be a proper stage or just an area of a hall or small room. How this area is used will affect how your drama will look.
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What is marking the moment ?
dramatic technique used to highlight a key moment in a scene or improvisation. This can be done in a number of different ways: for example through slow-motion, a freeze-frame, narration, thought-tracking or music.
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What is mime ?
A technique of expressing an idea or mood or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words
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What is a monologue ?
any speech of some duration addressed by a character to a second person. A soliloquy is a type of monologue in which a character directly addresses an audience or speaks his thoughts aloud while alone or while the other actors keep silent.
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What is montage ?
the technique of selecting, editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole.
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What is narration ?
a commentary delivered to accompany a film, broadcast, etc , the narrating of a story
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What is a narrator ?
a person who narrates something, especially a character who recounts the events of a novel or narrative poem , a person who delivers a commentary accompanying a film, broadcast, piece of music, etc.
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What is naturalistic ?
something imitating real life , or nature.
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What is naturalism ?
theatre that attempts to create an illusion of reality through a range of dramatic and theatrical strategies.
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what is physical theatre ?
A form of theatre which emphasizes the use of physical movement, as in dance and mime, for expression , it is a discipline.
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what is a plot ?
advancing the plot of a story. It's often used to motivate characters, create urgency, or resolve a difficulty.can be contrasted with moving a story forward with dramatic techniques making things happen as characters take action for developed reasons
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what is rehearse ?
practise (a play, piece of music, or other work) for later public performance.
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What is a rehearsal ?
a practice or trial performance of a play or other work for later public performance
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what is a scenario ?
an outline of the plot of a dramatic work, tv, motion picture giving particulars as to the scenes, characters, situations, giving the action in the order in which it takes place, the description of scenes and characters, etc.
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What is a scene ?
part of an act defined with the changing of characters. To be more specific, the elements that create the plot of a play or any story, and divide a play into acts include the exposition, which give information, setting up the rest of the story.
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What is a script ?
written version of a play or movie. If you're auditioning for a movie, you'll get the script to practice a scene or two. Script comes from the Latin scrībĕre, meaning "to write," and all its meanings have to do with something written.
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What is sequence ?
a technique used in storytelling, particularly in television and film, to set apart a brief interlude from the main story. The interlude may consist of a flashback, a flashforward, a fantasy, a vision, a dream, or some other element
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What is a still image ?
Still images and freeze frames are both a form of tableau. With freeze-frame, the action in a play or scene is frozen, as in a photograph or video frame
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What is stylised ?
it means it's represented in a non-naturalistic conventional form. The heart-shaped symbol in the popular phrase "I heart NY," for example, is a classic stylized representation of a real heart.
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What is thought tracking ?
helps inform an audience about a character. a character speaks out loud about their inner thoughts at a particular moment in the drama. Occurs during a freeze frame/ still image.
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What is a voice over ?
a piece of narration in a film or broadcast, not accompanied by an image of the speaker ornarrate (spoken material) for a film or broadcast as a voice-over.
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