'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Abstract

Critical orthodoxies around television drama have tended to neglect its aesthetic qualities, leading to a tendency to characterize it as a medium for relay of ‘theatrical’ performance; paradoxically, it has also been categorized as a medium of the ‘intimate screen’ (Jacobs 2000) through the close-up of the face. While investigation of television performance considers the need to tone down ‘theatrical’ performance for this intimate medium, little consideration is given to the production processes by which the ‘intimate screen’ is generated. This chapter argues that the contribution of camera operators to the generation of that screen is a key element in the production of onscreen television performance. Using archival resources, textual analysis and practitioner interviews, the chapter considers the interaction of actor’s performance and camerawork in the 1970s multi-camera television studio, and elaborates on how the multiple understandings of and practices relating to this interaction were engaged with. The final section of the chapter examines a case study of 1970s television drama, using close analysis of the BBC’s I, Claudius (1976) to consider the proxemics of performance both in front of and behind the camera.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Television Acting
EditorsT. Cantrell, C. Hogg
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN (Print)9781474248594
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2018

Fingerprint

Television Drama
1970s
Invisible
Visible
Interaction
Aesthetics
Resources
Close-up
Neglect
Operator
Textual Analysis

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic in Exploring Television Acting on 31/05/2018, available online: https://bloomsbury.com/uk/exploring-television-acting-9781474248594/

Cite this

McNaughton, D. (2018). 'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama. In T. Cantrell, & C. Hogg (Eds.), Exploring Television Acting London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
McNaughton, Douglas. / 'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama. Exploring Television Acting. editor / T. Cantrell ; C. Hogg. London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018.
@inbook{4b91ec75a0ad44cb8e6eefd251245143,
title = "'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama",
abstract = "Critical orthodoxies around television drama have tended to neglect its aesthetic qualities, leading to a tendency to characterize it as a medium for relay of ‘theatrical’ performance; paradoxically, it has also been categorized as a medium of the ‘intimate screen’ (Jacobs 2000) through the close-up of the face. While investigation of television performance considers the need to tone down ‘theatrical’ performance for this intimate medium, little consideration is given to the production processes by which the ‘intimate screen’ is generated. This chapter argues that the contribution of camera operators to the generation of that screen is a key element in the production of onscreen television performance. Using archival resources, textual analysis and practitioner interviews, the chapter considers the interaction of actor’s performance and camerawork in the 1970s multi-camera television studio, and elaborates on how the multiple understandings of and practices relating to this interaction were engaged with. The final section of the chapter examines a case study of 1970s television drama, using close analysis of the BBC’s I, Claudius (1976) to consider the proxemics of performance both in front of and behind the camera.",
author = "Douglas McNaughton",
note = "This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic in Exploring Television Acting on 31/05/2018, available online: https://bloomsbury.com/uk/exploring-television-acting-9781474248594/",
year = "2018",
month = "5",
day = "31",
language = "English",
isbn = "9781474248594",
editor = "T. Cantrell and C. Hogg",
booktitle = "Exploring Television Acting",
publisher = "Bloomsbury Methuen Drama",

}

McNaughton, D 2018, 'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama. in T Cantrell & C Hogg (eds), Exploring Television Acting. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London.

'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama. / McNaughton, Douglas.

Exploring Television Acting. ed. / T. Cantrell; C. Hogg. London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

TY - CHAP

T1 - 'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama

AU - McNaughton, Douglas

N1 - This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic in Exploring Television Acting on 31/05/2018, available online: https://bloomsbury.com/uk/exploring-television-acting-9781474248594/

PY - 2018/5/31

Y1 - 2018/5/31

N2 - Critical orthodoxies around television drama have tended to neglect its aesthetic qualities, leading to a tendency to characterize it as a medium for relay of ‘theatrical’ performance; paradoxically, it has also been categorized as a medium of the ‘intimate screen’ (Jacobs 2000) through the close-up of the face. While investigation of television performance considers the need to tone down ‘theatrical’ performance for this intimate medium, little consideration is given to the production processes by which the ‘intimate screen’ is generated. This chapter argues that the contribution of camera operators to the generation of that screen is a key element in the production of onscreen television performance. Using archival resources, textual analysis and practitioner interviews, the chapter considers the interaction of actor’s performance and camerawork in the 1970s multi-camera television studio, and elaborates on how the multiple understandings of and practices relating to this interaction were engaged with. The final section of the chapter examines a case study of 1970s television drama, using close analysis of the BBC’s I, Claudius (1976) to consider the proxemics of performance both in front of and behind the camera.

AB - Critical orthodoxies around television drama have tended to neglect its aesthetic qualities, leading to a tendency to characterize it as a medium for relay of ‘theatrical’ performance; paradoxically, it has also been categorized as a medium of the ‘intimate screen’ (Jacobs 2000) through the close-up of the face. While investigation of television performance considers the need to tone down ‘theatrical’ performance for this intimate medium, little consideration is given to the production processes by which the ‘intimate screen’ is generated. This chapter argues that the contribution of camera operators to the generation of that screen is a key element in the production of onscreen television performance. Using archival resources, textual analysis and practitioner interviews, the chapter considers the interaction of actor’s performance and camerawork in the 1970s multi-camera television studio, and elaborates on how the multiple understandings of and practices relating to this interaction were engaged with. The final section of the chapter examines a case study of 1970s television drama, using close analysis of the BBC’s I, Claudius (1976) to consider the proxemics of performance both in front of and behind the camera.

M3 - Chapter

SN - 9781474248594

BT - Exploring Television Acting

A2 - Cantrell, T.

A2 - Hogg, C.

PB - Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

CY - London

ER -

McNaughton D. 'Visible' and 'invisible' performance: framing performance in 1970s television drama. In Cantrell T, Hogg C, editors, Exploring Television Acting. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 2018