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Long-Form Improv : The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, Sustaining Scenes, and Performing Extraordinary Harolds - Ben Hauck

Long-Form Improv

The Complete Guide to Creating Characters, Sustaining Scenes, and Performing Extraordinary Harolds

By: Ben Hauck


Published: 1st September 2012
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Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today’s top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors.   

A complete long-form improv resource comprising topics like ideation and character creation, improvising scenes for extended periods of time and enhancing them—and even performing the most famous expression of long-form improv, the half-hour improvised form known as “The Harold”—this astute text is written in a friendly, supportive voice by an experienced improv teacher and professional actor whose own frustration in learning the craft drove an obsession to create a program free of confounding teachings and contradictory concepts. The book’s groundbreaking infusion with drama theory and game theory brings new life to the teachings of the craft, breaking down various aspects of long-form improv into short chapters for swift, step-by-step intake of its vital lessons.   

Students of acting and long-form improv alike should expect Long-Form Improv to bolster their education and fast-track their course to improv greatness.

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Prefacep. ix
Background Informationp. 1
Long-Form Improvp. 3
Rules VS. Principlesp. 11
Comedyp. 15
The Structure of Playsp. 19
The Structure of Haroldsp. 27
Getting Comfortablep. 35
Getting Creativep. 43
Playing Charactersp. 47
Exploring Relationshipsp. 57
Foreground Informationp. 65
The Long-Form Improv Traditionp. 67
The Long-Form Improv Code of Ethicsp. 79
Endowingp. 81
Yes-Andingp. 91
Justifying Seeming Inconsistenciesp. 99
Generating Ideasp. 105
Improvising Scenesp. 109
Finding the Game of the Scenep. 111
Playing the Game of the Scenep. 115
Differentiating Player-Game and Character-Gamep. 127
Managing Your Attitudep. 131
Tweaking the Game of the Scenep. 135
Tweaking Scene Structurep. 139
Tweaking Scenic Dynamicsp. 153
Tweaking Actionp. 157
Heighteningp. 161
Endingp. 167
Playing Group Scenesp. 173
Applicationp. 179
Harold Executionp. 181
The Solicitation of the Suggestionp. 185
Ideationp. 191
The First Beatp. 207
The First Group Scenep. 215
The Second Beatp. 217
The Second Group Scenep. 221
The Third Beatp. 223
Audience Theoryp. 229
Supplemental Materialp. 237
On Teaching and Directing Long-Form Improvp. 239
Citationsp. 255
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781581159813
ISBN-10: 1581159811
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2012
Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44