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1 .<-NARRATOR:->Listen to part of a lecture in a choreography class.
1 .<-MALE PROFESSOR:->[leading into what students’ next assignment will be]Now when you think about choreography, well, for your last assignment, you choreographed a dance that was performed on stage, in front of a live audience.
1 .Now, screen dance is very different; it's a dance routine you'll be choreographing specifically to be viewed on a screen— on a computer screen, a TV screen, in a movie theater,any screen.
2 .So, the question we have to ask is: What's the difference between choreography for a live performance and choreography for on-screen viewing?
3 .OK, think for a minute... when you see a movie, is it just a film of people acting on a stage?
4 .Course not.
5 .Movies use a variety of camera angles and creative editing.
6 .Movies can distort time, slow movement down, or speed it up, show actors fading in and out of scenes, etcetera.
7 .All of these all of these filmmaking techniques, uh, things that can't be used in a live performance are possible in a screen dance.
8 .Now, we'll cover these concepts in greater detail later, but you should be getting the idea that I don't want you to just film dancers on stage and turn it in as your screen-dance project.
9 .[sees hand raised]Uh, yes, Debbie?
1 .<-FEMALE STUDENT:->But isn't something lost here, Professor Watson?
2 .I'm a dancer, and when I perform on stage, I'm so energized by the audience's reactions, the applause.
3 .I actually, and for a lotta dancers, it- it really inspires us.
1 .<-MALE PROFESSOR:->Well, you're right, screen dance, which is relatively new, isn't for everyone.
2 .Uh, some dancers may seem reluctant to participate in your project because they do thrive on the immediacy of performing live.
3 .Uh, if this happens, you could point out that screen dance offers other ways for dancers to connect to their audience.
4 .For example, dancers c-can express themselves, even change the whole mood of a scene, through a facial expression, and you could film close-up shots of their faces.
5 .Facial expressions aren't as important in live performances, generally, because the choreographer knows that someone in the back row of a theater may not be able to see a dancer's face clearly.
1 .<-FEMALE STUDENT:->[anxious]But, um, I've never used a movie camera or edited film before. How will we learn everything we need to know to...
1 .<-MALE PROFESSOR:->Well, don't worry! The cameras you'll be using are pretty simple to operate.
2 .And you'll get to play with the film-editing software several times before beginning your project.
3 .You'll also have the option of working with a student in the film department, someone who's familiar with the technology.
4 .But the choreography and the end result will be your responsibility, of course.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Could you talk some more about the filmmaking techniques, y'know, the ones that work best for screen dances?
1 .<-MALE PROFESSOR:->I'll show some of my favorite screen dances next week to give you a better idea.
2 .But, uh, OK, here's one technique that can create the illusion of flow in a screen dance.
3 .You film the same dancer entering and exiting the frame several times, moving slowly at first, then faster and faster.
4 .Then, in the editing room, you can digitally manipulate these images.
1 .Like, you might put five or ten or twenty copies of that same dancer meeting himself in the middle of the screen to make it look like he's dancing with himself!
2 .Obviously, this can't be done in a live performance.
3 .Another example, um, in one screen dance I saw, the dancers leaped through sheets of fire in a big abandoned building.
4 .Of course, the building wasn't really on fire. A technique called "superimposing" was used.
5 .The dancers were filmed, and later, in the editing room, the fire was added to the background.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->That sounds awesome! But, if anyone can watch a dance on a computer screen, why would they pay to go see a live performance?
2 .[fearing the worst]What if screen dance got so popular that it replaced live dance?
1 .<-MALE PROFESSOR:->Screen dance is an entirely different type of presentation; it could never replicate the immediacy, the kind of drama that live performance offers.
2 .There'll always be an audience for that.
3 .I think what screen dance will do, though, is heighten awareness of dance in general.
4 .Because it's a way, um, it can reach people in their homes, in their workplaces, at any time, really.
5 .And if someone discovers that they love dance by watching a screen dance, there's a good chance they'll get interested enough to buy a ticket to see a live performance.