Movie Games are exercises for serious film and video makers. They are designed to help people quickly and effectively learn screen acting, shooting, and editing. The process requires sharing a video camera as an ensemble. An ensemble is a group of people who work so well with each other that they can accomplish almost anything – including improvise movies quickly without a computer.
Movies are made in a linear sequence shot by shot. Every player has to act and every player has to shoot. Each player gets one shot then passes the camera to the next player until the sequence is complete. Skillful ensembles can create spontaneous improvised movies in a fraction of the time the conventional movie making process requires.
The only things you need are courage to perform, a video camera, a tripod, and a screen for play back. You can even use a smart phone! Every Movie Game results in a finished edit-in-camera movie. You can play back your results immediately and learn faster. Serious artists can use Movie Games as a daily form of practice. The more you do these exercises, the stronger and more efficient your video making will get.
History: These movie making activities are an adaptation of ideas found in the book, “Improvisation For The Theater”, by Viola Spolin, published by Northwestern University Press in 1963. Seminal work for this approach to movie making began during Neptune Theatre School’s very successful Video Doc Shop for youth which I facilitated in July 1998. The Irondale Ensemble Project in Halifax, Nova Scotia was instrumental in helping me develop many of the newer movie improvisation ideas and activities in January 1999.
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