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u/lonchambers · 5 pointsr/improv

Most groups i'm in have some sort of opening. Whether that's an invocation, a scene paint, or something totally organic I usually don't go from suggestion to scene except in like 1 group.

But I do have a lot to say on the matter.

First, using the sample suggestion of 'Torch'. I'd probably start a scene holding a fucking torch. See where that leads me. Just knowing me I'd probably play a troll-y like character in a cave or something. For some people this is way too on the nose. But in my personal approach I do not A to C think. I just go right with my gut, right away. It gets me out of my head and removes judgement from my choices because I know going in if I follow what I feel, its the right choice. For beginners, I'd coach them to try to avoid making the scene about the torch, and instead make it about each other, hopefully the torch becomes important later organically.

However, there is something I've been experimenting with and have had some AWESOME success with. Basically, I'll take the suggestion and turn it into a verb or an action somehow. You then go into the scene with that action. Just in the nature of it being a verb or an action you will immediately have a want and you start the scene in the middle. You do this all without thinking about those things (which is my favorite thing about it, this just happens).

It also typically gives you a reason to go up and touch your scene partner. Which is always a strong start to a scene. There's just something about physical contact that establishes so much without words. Its probably because we communicate heavily in body language.

Here's another example using torch and this 'action' method. I'd take 'Torch' and place it into either of these sentences and see if it works. 'I you.' Or - 'You me.' Torch works in both of those. Sometimes you have to work with the suggestion a little bit to get it to work. But if I go into a scene with 'I Torch You.' holy shit, that has a ton of meat to it. I could slowly be trying to cook you. I could hit it hard immediately and turn into a maniac that is tying you up onto a stake to burn you (that's so dark, but I love it). That's the initiation. And its quick to go from torch to that. If I like 'You Torch Me' better I might choose to play it like the last thing my scene partner said has emotionally burnt me. I'm going to act hurt. OR I could go with the longer 'want' and try to push the scene towards my scene partner 'torching' me, either literally or metaphorically (I'd probably go with trying to get them to emotionally burn me or something).

If you're interested in coaching this kind of thing I HIGHLY recommend this book: Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus

It's basically a book full of action verbs and I've found in using them people play differently oftentimes more free, fun, and intense.

u/xenophobias · 3 pointsr/acting

You should read this book:

If you are choosing emotions to act, chances are you are playing out those emotions instead of acting. Instead, you should be choosing actions and what you want from the other person from the scene, and letting the emotions come from that... I'm not sure where or if you're taking acting classes, but that's pretty 101 stuff.

u/thisisnotarealperson · 2 pointsr/acting

I glanced at your post history and saw that this may be from more of a writing angle than one of acting, which makes a little more sense. You might want to take a look at Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus. It may not be the best fit for what you're looking for, but as an actor I'd rather read something in a stage direction like:

BILL (stabbing): OK, I'll leave then

rather than

BILL (loud and quick): OK, I'll leave then.

The second one feels like a line-reading which we as actors tend to look down on, and the first is something more actionable. Though really, if the writing is good enough the need for stuff like that is pretty minimal anyway.

I might be off on your intention, but hopefully that's helpful.

u/upvoted_your_mom · 1 pointr/acting

Quick Link if you haven't seen it yet.

u/kahvi_4 · 1 pointr/acting

Two useful books I always use are Actions: The Actor's Thesaurus and A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English

Useful for a lot of people and not technique specific. Basically great reference books.

u/Alcoheroic · 1 pointr/improv

You'll make your lives a lot easier if you get a coach ASAP (even if it's just a temporary guest coach).

Player's attempting to direct each other (even for very experienced troupes) can lead to all sorts of drama down the line. I've been a part of teams where each week (or month) we rotated who was leading rehearsals. Some worked out great (the two where we all had at least a decade of performing/teaching experience and went into it with that plan) and others quickly became a dumpster fire.

My best advice while you're waiting for a coach is probably to pick up a book on improv theory or a book on on acting:

Mick Napier's - Improvise: Scene from the inside out, Bill Arnett's - The Complete Improviser, Viola Spolin's - Improvisation for the Theater, or something like Marina Caldarone's - Action: The Actor's Thesaurus are good places to start.

Then read it together outside of rehearsal and discuss the ideas in various chapters when you meet up - maybe try out a few exercises, but be wary of trying to direct each other: that's not your job, your job is to support each other on stage.

Heck, just reading a few acting books and really discussing them will put you guys leaps and bounds ahead of most improvisers.