The future UCB LA building (training center? second theater?) will be at Sunset and Western. ONE BLOCK NORTH of Sunset is a street called… “Harold Way”. Really.
Matt Besser did a lecture via Endgames Improv in SF on Sunday, Aug 10th 2014. Here’s all the notes I took:
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Gestalt Psychology is an early school of psychology that focused on the brain’s tendency to generate cohesive structures from collections of smaller discrete elements. For example, most people will interpret the above image to be a white triangle obscuring the outline of a second triangle…
Reblogged because I liked it and yes, also because “A to C” is the name of this blog.
I love improv, and sci-fi and yet I feel like this won’t be for me.
Organic connections are the hallmarks of the third beat of Harolds, yet because of their fleeting nature they are notoriously tough to drill. Luckily, there’s other ways to familiarize ourselves with organic connections.
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control by Errol Morris is 90 minutes of…
Alex Berg is the improv philosopher big brother I didn’t know I wanted till now.
Some of his discussion of how connections are drawn in Fast, Cheap and Out of Control remind me of Walter Murch’s thoughts on editing movies, in his books “In The Blink of an Eye” and “The Conversations” (with Michael Ondaatje), such as how Murch talked about how the American terminology is to “cut” a film and the British terminology is to “join”, and how Murch would use techniques like assembling “representative stills” from every shot (and putting them on a board; the two dimensional layout necessarily would put shots adjacent to each other that weren’t intended to go together) and scrubbing through a reel on an analog machine — the randomness of both these techniques would sometimes prompt connections he wouldn’t have arrived at by more systematic, rational methods.
And this also reminds me of Miles Stroth on a particular exercise he made up for himself:
MS: Everybody has something. Adam McKay was, I still believe he is, the most inventive improviser I’d ever played with or ever seen. I started thinking ‘how is he doing that when he comes up with these wonderful, crazy things? Where is that coming from?’ Part of it came from the things that he read. Part of it was these strange connections he would make. I started thinking ‘what is it with those connections? What is it to make a strange connection?’ I would make up excersizes for myself and sort of train my brain to make connections it wouldn’t normally make. I would sit in my room. I lived with my parents until I was twenty seven years old. I would sit up in the attic just saying disparate words and try to create a mental image of them. I would sit there alone and be like ‘cat. Clock. How do I put those together?’ then I would imagine a clock made out of a cat. I would just put strange little connections together constantly, training my brain to be open to the idea of making a connection with something I didn’t expect.