This week we have a very special edition of Improv Corner for you! Extreme Improv’s David Pustanksy has released a brand new book called The Extreme Improv Big Book of Improv Games and we have a special preview of the book just for you! The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon all over the world. In the first few days of release, the book reached the number 1 spots in new release acting book categories in both the UK and US, and the top 5 on the best sellers. It also reached the top 10 in both Germany and France in theatre and comedy categories.
Here is one of the over 100 games in the book...
35: ONE MINUTE REMAKE
Emcee Intro Script: Spoiler alert! This next game may contain spoilers for films you have not seen yet, because we’re going to play One Minute Remake! Our performers will condense entire movies into just one minute complete with award winning speeches, explosive action sequences and heart-breaking drama.
Challenge Style: Scene based
Ask the audience for: Well-known movies.
Setup: It would be useful to have a timer for this game, but this doesn’t have to be strict and the Emcee could allow the performer to go slightly over or under to complete their scene.
How to play the game:
#1: The performer(s) will get one minute to recreate entire movies. This includes the whole plot, playing multiple characters and the most famous lines and moments.
The story they create should be more than just a single scene from the movie. The idea is to recreate the entire story – beginning, middle and end.
How does the game end? The scene should be ended by the performer(s), but the Emcee can call time on it if it’s going on for too long.
Pro Tip #1: If you don’t know the film at all you can say to the Emcee and it may be possible to take an alternative suggestion. Alternatively, you could create a one minute version of the movie based solely on your limited knowledge of it, even if all you know is the title.
Pro Tip #2: Depending how many players are involved in the game (and it could just be one) it is probable that you may have to play multiple parts. If so, do what you can to make the characterisations distinct from one another through voice and physicality. This may be more difficult if you are recreating a film where the original characters and the actors playing them aren’t very distinct from one another. If this is the case all you can do is your best to find ways to make them feel unique.
One way you could do this would be to make a bold physicality choice early in the game to establish how similar characters are presented differently. For example if you were recreating ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and were playing multiple hobbits you could decide that Sam always slouches, that Pippin always scratches himself nervously, that Merry does a little jig every time he speaks and Frodo always has his sword up ready to fight. The audience would quickly recognise these characteristics as meaning you are playing that specific character.
The Extreme Improv Big Book of Improv Games features over 100 short form games. Each game is broken down into steps and the book features hundreds of pro tips of how to play the games successfully. There are also lots of illustrations in the book, and sections on the various ways the games can be played and inventing new improv games. The book covers dozens of classic improv games such as Party Quirks and Hoedown, and also features dozens of Extreme Improv’s original games which are being written about for the first time ever here. What’s more, the book features several of our brand new games for 2020, which due to the pandemic have never been played publicly on stage before.
The link to buy the book in the UK is: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extreme-Improv-Big-Book-Games/dp/1838132600/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1596017767&sr=8-14
Cost is £12.99 Paperback and £9.99 Kindle Edition