for Drama Class

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Wade Bradford

The monologue performance is one of the most important assignments in a drama class. This assignment involves much more than simply reciting lines in front of the class. Most drama teachers expect a student to research the play, to develop a unique character, and to perform with confidence and control.

Choosing the Right Monologue

If you are performing a monologue for a drama class, make certain that you follow the specifications of the assignment. Get advice from your instructor about preferred monolog sources.

Monologues can be found in many forms:


Basic Tips for Memorizing Speeches, Skits, and Plays

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From time to time, you will be required to memorize lines for a play, a speech, or a skit of some kind. For some students, this will come easily, but others may experience anxiety at the thought of memorizing lines.

The first task is to separate out any anxiety about speaking in front of others and deal with that apart from the actual memorization process. Realize that memorizing is one source of concern, and speaking to a group is another. Focus on one issue at a time.

Just knowing this will ease some of your worries and give you more…


The Great Train Robbery

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Produced by Thomas Edison but directed and filmed by Edison Company employee Edwin S. Porter, the 12-minute-long silent film, The Great Train Robbery (1903), was the first narrative movie — one that told a story. ​The Great Train Robbery’s popularity led directly to the opening up of permanent movie theaters and the possibility of the future film industry.

Plot

The Great Train Robbery is both an action film and a classic Western, with four bandits who rob a train and its passengers of their valuables and then make their grand escape only to be killed in a shootout by a posse…


Images Shot With Special Double Lenses Became Popular Entertainment

A 19th-century stereoscope. Black Archive/Getty Images

Stereographs were a very popular form of photography in the 19th century. Using a special camera, photographers would take two nearly identical images which, when printed side by side, would appear as a three-dimensional image when viewed through a set of special lenses called a stereoscope.

Millions of stereoview cards were sold and a stereoscope kept in the parlor was a common entertainment item for decades. Images on the cards ranged from portraits of popular figures to comical incidents to spectacular scenic views.

When executed by talented photographers, stereoview cards could make scenes appear…


Women have been part of the photography world since Constance Talbot took and developed photographs in the 1840s. These women made a name for themselves as artists through their work with photography. They’re listed alphabetically.

Berenice Abbott

Harlem storefronts, 1938. Photo by Berenice Abbott. Museum of the City of New York / Getty Images

(1898–1991) Berenice Abbott is known for her photographs of New York, for her portraits of notable artists including James Joyce, and for promoting the work of French photographer Eugene Atget.

Diane Arbus Quotes


How to Care for and Protect Old Photographs

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Whether it is paintings on cave walls or writings chiseled in stone, mankind has been recording history since the beginning of time. The ability to document history photographically is a more recent invention, however, beginning with the daguerreotype in 1838. Photographs provide a very important visual connection to our ancestors. Shared family physical characteristics, hairstyles, clothing styles, family traditions, special events, and more provide a graphic portrayal of the lives of our ancestors, but if we do not properly care for our photographs, some of our histories will fade away right along with those precious images.

What Causes a Photo to Deteriorate?

Environmental factors such as…


Pictures of a Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura. LOC

An illustrated tour of how photography has advanced through the ages.

Photography” is derived from the Greek words photos (“light”) and graphein (“to draw”) The word was first used by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839. It is a method of recording images by the action of light, or related radiation, on a sensitive material.

Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham), a great authority on optics in the Middle Ages who lived around 1000AD, invented the first pinhole camera, (also called the Camera Obscura} and was able to explain why the images were upside down.

Illustration of Camera Obscura in Use


Image credits, left to right: “View from the Window at Le Gras” (1826–27), Public Domain. Daguerrotype of Louis Daguerre (1844), Public Domain. Portrait of Frederick Scott Archer, Science Photo Library. Kodak photograph (1890), National Media Museum, Kodak Gallery Collection, Public Domain. Polaroid lab (1948), Polaroid Corporation Collection, Harvard University.

Several important achievements and milestones dating back to the ancient Greeks have contributed to the development of cameras and photography. Here is a brief timeline of the various breakthroughs with a description of its importance.

5th-4th Centuries B.C.

Chinese and Greek philosophers describe the basic principles of optics and the camera.

1664–1666

Isaac Newton discovers that white light is composed of different colors.

1727

Johann Heinrich Schulze discovered that silver nitrate darkened upon exposure to light.

1794

First Panorama opens, the forerunner of the movie house invented by Robert Barker.

1814

Joseph Niepce achieves the first photographic image using an early device for projecting real-life imagery called…


There are really only three things that you need to learn to understand Photography. Once you understand these three basic elements, and how they relate to each other, you’ll only be limited by your own creativity and desire to practice. These things are:

Aperture : If you look into a DSLR lens, you’ll see a set of blades that form a hole in the middle to let light pass through. That hole is the Aperture, and the lens can move those blades to make the hole smaller or larger. The larger the hole, the more light gets through, obviously. Your…


Imagine how the Archer ll hold his bow before shooting the arrow; Same way we should be steady so that we don’t shake the camera while taking a picture; don’t hurry if not it will result in blurred images like this.

Avoid this kind of picture

So Relax and take your time, hold its study, and Click … voila!

2. Look for the Frame.

before clicking the picture, just have a look at the frame and make sure the subject is the main attraction. …

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