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Semi-Improv Movies

On The Spot Drama
 
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A very simple idea, one that's rather surprising that hasn't been tried before (besides the occcasional solitary improv scene). Instead of writing a full script, write a plotline (Hero A wins Conversation B, but then is beat up by Baddie C, etc.). The actors study the characters intensely -- mannerisms, histories, idiosyncracies, et cetera -- but when the cameras roll, the actors have to act in-character, not recite.

Only certain scenes (fights, parts that are homages to other movies, etc.) are coreographed.

Almafeta, Jun 28 2003

Blair Witch Project http://us.imdb.com/Title?0185937
A movie with no script. [phoenix]

Different notes to each = Method Acting http://www.mouthshu...dreview/9231-1.html [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Different notes to each = Method Acting http://www.mouthshu...dreview/9231-1.html
[thumbwax, Oct 04 2004]

Mike Leigh http://film.guardia...4120,814793,00.html
Hamster faced national treasure, if you're that way inclined. [my face your, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Another movie with no script. http://www.starwars.com/episode-ii/
Got lost somewhere beneath the special effects, I guess. [DrCurry, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Thoroughly Baked I'm afraid, The Big Chill, for example. Possibly you only watch action films, given your plot line?
DrCurry, Jun 28 2003
  

       I think a lot of those "Andy Warhol" movies (the ones directed by Paul Morrisey) were done like this. More recently, "Spinal Tap" and "A Mighty Wind" were made this way. Countless others as well, I'm sure...
snarfyguy, Jun 28 2003
  

       Go see 'Spinal Tap,' 'Waiting for Guffman,' 'Best in Show,' and 'A Mighty Wind.' These movies, all unbelievably brilliant, are mostly improvised. All the actors are improvisational beasts. Highly recommended.
xercyn, Jun 29 2003
  

       phoenix, did you note Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sánchez (II) get writing credits for BPW?
thumbwax, Jun 29 2003
  

       Secrets & Lies, too. In fact, pretty much the whole Mike Leigh shebang.
my face your, Jun 29 2003
  

       Now, when you say "shebang"...
thumbwax, Jun 29 2003
  

       "Whose Line" for the big screen.
RayfordSteele, Jun 29 2003
  

       my face is right - Mike Leigh never writes a script and often uses ordinary people being essentially "themselves" rather than acting a part. Completely baked therefore, I'm afraid.
goff, Jun 30 2003
  
      
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