Improv for screenwriters – Yes And

Improv for screenwriters – Yes-And The basic rule of improv is “yes and.” If someone offers information, you say “Yes...” and then add some information. For instance: A: “Did you hear about the logger?” B: “Yes and it's crazy that he went mad and killed those 16 people in that diner.” A: “Yes, and I... Continue Reading →

Emotional grounding in world building via “the orienting effect”

The following is the work of Alex Berg, excerpted from this blog. He talks about using emotions to ground, frame and orient a reader in insane fictional worlds. I think every writer should read this one. "The example I’ve been using for years to demonstrate the benefits of emotional heightening is a fictional scene titled... Continue Reading →

Improv for screenwriters: Color/Advance

Purpose The exercise underscores the fact that plot in and of itself isn't entertaining. Plot is simply the structure that allows a writer to deliver detail. A lot of screenwriters get so excited in the telling of the story that they forget to make that story entertaining to the audience. This improv exercise shows how... Continue Reading →

An intro to improv part 2

I'm writing a series of articles on improv for screenwriters. Previously I posted a list of bits on HOW to improv, this Ted talk is more aobut the whys of improv. Bear with me on these, I'm going somewhere with them. My favorite line from the video: "Listening is the willingness to change."

An intro to improv

Here's a good series on introductory improv techniques created by Jayne Entwistle for ExpertVillage. There's a youtube playlist of it, but they were uploaded out of order, so I've arranged them in a way that makes them more accessible for beginners. I recommend you check out the full series. This is the first in a... Continue Reading →

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