I really need to get started on my online course homework, so this entry will be short. Here are the notes I jotted down during Day 9 of Basic at The Groundlings School:
– CATCHPHRASE CHARACTER WALK
– BUS RIDE/FREEZE PHRASE EXERCISE (INTERMEDIATE EXERCISE)
- Bus scene chair set up
- Random facial expression choice by instructor
- Talk about where we’re going, why we’re excited, and what we’re going to do there to get emotionally invested.
- Watch out for making too much noise that drowns out partner’s gifts.
- Don’t tear through information. Put in beats to rest and pause for audience reactions. You eventually run out of things to say and start repeating things like “You’re the best.”
- Focus on one idea for why we’re going there and have a back story or other justification to explain why we’re going there.
– NEW CHOICE
- Make space work matter!
- Don’t overly justify partner’s choice.
- Stay focused on one activity and relish in it or else you’ll end up repeating actions.
- Match partner’s emotion in scene.
- Don’t be presentational. Raise the emotional stakes!
- Don’t lose track of main idea of scene.
- Sister/lover label is too much to overcome as an audience member.
– INTERMEDIATE EMOTIONAL LETTER EXERCISE
- Establish who/what/where off the bat. You have only 3 minutes to get out all the important establishing information about the scene.
- Say things in context of character. Don’t say things your character wouldn’t say.
- EMOTION + LABEL
- When you mention something specific, have a specific reason why that choice and no other choice. Why that choice?
- Sensing how people say things (idiosyncrasies) in improv can be worked into a character.
These cryptic descriptions probably mean more to me than to you, but I found them significant enough to write down, so here they are. Nine classes down, and three more to go. I can’t believe my first class at The Groundlings School is almost over!