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Direction of Actors


This course unit aims to:
-Provide a view of the different modes of interpretation in film and television throughout history.
-Show different methodologies of directing actors in their relation with the audiovisual image
-Explore the relationship between the director and the actor in casting, rehearsals and shooting.
-Increase the ability to direct actors through games, exercises and rehearsals.


Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 4

Year | Type of course unit | Language

2 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Audiovisual Production Workshop

Professional Internship



1. The work actor in theatre, film and television.
2. Character creation: characteristics, backstory, research.

3. Study of the scene: objectives, action, dialogue, subtext, time and rhythm.
4. Composition of the scene: movement and mise-en-scene.
5. Working with non-professional actors and children.
6. Casting and auditioning techniques.
7. Readings, games and essays.
8. Meyerhold's formalism and Eisenstein's typing.Griffith's naturalism and Renoir's realism.The models of Robert Bresson.Stanislavki and affective memory. The Actors Studio and Method.John Cassavetes and improvisation.


At the end of this course the student should be able to:
-Complete and implement the various stages of the actor-direction process
-Use different techniques and methodologies of directing actor for audiovisual
-Identify and understand different approaches to representation throughout the history of cinema

Teaching methodologies and assessment

- Continuous without Final Exam - Consists of the resolution of exercises proposed during the semester resulting in a final weighted average valuation with a total value of 20 points.
The student must attend at least 75% of the classes.
Expositive method in the presentation of different approaches to the actor with the use of excerpts of films.
Interrogative method in order to develop the capacity for criticism and reflection and in order to control the acquisition of knowledge.
Demonstrative method and active in the exploration of exercises in class.

-Exercises (25%)
-Project 1 (40%)

-Project 2 (35%)


  • Adler, Stella - The Technique of Acting, Bantam, 1990.

  • Gil,  Inês  -A Sombra do Caçador: do Storyboard à Direcção de Actores, Lisboa, Edições Lusófona, 2002.

  • Nacache, Jacqueline - O Actor de Cinema. Lisboa. Edições Texto & Grafi, 2012.

  • Naremore, James- Acting in the Cinema, Berkeley, University of California Press,  1988.

  • Pudovkin, Vsevolod I. - Film Technique and Film Acting, Londres, Vision Press Limited, 1930. 

  • Sena, Assumpta - O Trabalho do Actor de Cinema, Edição Cine-Clube de Avanca, 2001.

  • Rabiger, Michael - Directing Film Techniques and Aesthetics, Burlington, Focal Press, 2003.

  • Weston, Judith - Directing Actors. Studio City, Michael Wiese Productions, 1999. 



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