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Insert non-formatted text hereBlocking is a theatre term which refers to the precise movement and positioning == of == a little fish. i think it is very important to feed the fish. the fish will die if you do not remember to feed the fish. poor little fish. anyways.back to blocking. Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ...

 actors on a stage in order to facilitate the performance of a play, ballet, or opera. 

The director usually determines blocking during rehearsal, telling actors where they should move for the proper dramatic effect and to ensure sight lines for the audience. Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Interior of the 1928 B. F. Keith Memorial Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Romeo and Juliet by Ford Madox Brown A play, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, and intended for performance rather than reading. ... Painting of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas, 1872. ... The New Opera in Oslo, Norway The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ...


Each scene in a play is usually 'blocked' as a unit, after which the director will move onto the next scene. The positioning of actors on stage in one scene will usually affect the possibilities for subsequent positioning unless the stage is cleared between scenes. Once all the blocking is completed a play is said to be 'fully blocked' and then the process of 'polishing' or refinement begins. During the blocking rehearsal usually the assistant director or the stage manager (or both) take notes about where actors are positioned and their movement patterns on stage. Scene may refer to: Scene (fiction), an element of a larger fictional work such as a play Scene (film), a part of action in a single location in a TV or movie Scene (music), a collection of musical acts that play regularly in one location. ... Units of Action, or Units (sometimes also called beats) were first suggested by Konstantin Stanislavski as a means of helping actors determine the through line or super objective of a role. ... Part of the stage managers panel at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts Stage management is a sub-discipline of stagecraft. ...


It is especially important for the stage manager to note the actors' positions, as a director is not usually present for each performance of a play and it becomes the stage manager's job to ensure that actors follow the assigned blocking from night to night.


By extension, the term is sometimes used in the context of cinema to speak of the arrangement of actors in the frame. In this context, there is also a need to consider the movement of the camera as part of the blocking process (see Cinematography). Cinematography [Greek: kine (movement) and graphos (writing)], is the discipline of making lighting and camera choices when recording photographic images for the cinema. ...


Stage directions

House right/left are from the audience's perspective
House right/left are from the audience's perspective

The stage itself has been given named areas to facilitate blocking. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

  • The rear of the stage is considered up-stage This derives from the raked stage of the Greek Theatre (see below).
  • The front of the stage is down-stage.
  • Stage Left and right, at least in British and North American Theatre, refer to the actor's left and right facing the audience. Because this is sometimes misunderstood the terms prompt (left) and opposite prompt (right) are also used.
  • House left and house right refer to how the audience perceives the stage. The audience’s left is referred to as house left, and the audience’s right is referred to as house right.

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Mark Corrington's American Miniature Theater - Blocking & Stage Direction (1796 words)
Blocking is the preplanning of all the physical activity on a stage.
Another part of blocking is to position the actors so that, when they move, they have their backs to the audience as little as possible.
Stage direction is based upon the performer facing the audience with his/her back to the rear wall.
Blocking (stage) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (286 words)
Blocking is a theatre term which refers to the precise movement and positioning of actors on a stage in order to facilitate the performance of a play, ballet, or opera.
During the blocking rehearsal usually the assistant director or the stage manager (or both) take notes about where actors are positioned and their movement patterns on stage.
By extension, the term is sometimes used in the context of cinema to speak of the arrangement of actors in the frame.
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