If there is one thing that fascinates me about improv and that is how it is portrayed in Television and Film. This is becoming more and more apparent in recent years because the comedy art form is sort of in fashion. There are some interesting topics that we can gain from these ways they are displayed so every so often we are going to look at different scenes from different shows and films.
This sounds like a really random place to gain inspiration for improv but keep reading and let me explain my reasons for including a film about Pokemon in this article. I saw that this film had been added to Amazon Prime in the last week and decided to watch it as I was interested to see what it was actually like and I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed it. There was one part of it that made me think of improv and is actually a great clip to watch if you are thinking about the comedy form, first of all let’s watch the scene.
Yes that is right, I have taken improv inspiration from a scene with Mr Mime BUT if you watch it, there is some great inspiration for painting a scene. The great thing about this little scene from the film is that Mr Mime interacts with invisible objects that he believes is there and they have to get into his mindset and do the same to interact with him and get information from him.
I think sometimes as improvisers, we forget to really take time to paint the scene and the location around us and you can see that from just a few simple movements made you can see just how much of a world that you can create. I think one of the most strongest points of this scene is when Tim walks into the building that Mr Mime has created – it is such a simple thing but again this sort of object work really creates this world.
Think of all the improv that you have ever seen and really think about the times you have seen object work and how much it lets you explore the scene. It creates such a strong vision that really welcomes the audience in and creates quite a lot of the comedy in this scene. The biggest laughs for the audience come from Tim accepting the world he is being offered and taking advantage of the world being painted and using it against Mr Mime.
So the next time you paint the scene, try and think of this very clever scene.