This is an exciting year as New Slapstick is launching two new projects during 2017. The first is a theatre show, the second is a theatre and online project. I can’t give anything away just yet but you’ll be the first to know!
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Here’s Chaplin with a good example of the strength of focus. His exacting focus on the statue not only makes the scene believable – it makes his acting uncluttered – so as not to get in the way of the gags.
This is a good introductory read about the techniques of clown super-director Cal McCrystal. Most usefully, it highlights some games that he uses to generate clown material. http://calmccrystal.com/dissertation/
I just came across this terrific post from the New York Times in which Seinfeld reveals some of the process of writing a comedy bit. http://www.nytimes.com/video/magazine/100000001965963/jerry-seinfeld-how-to-write-a-joke-.html Spot on, of course. And despite being about verbal comedy, it reveals a lot of the important aspects of visual comedy – rhythm, brevity and reincorporation.
There is something really odd about a character that doesn’t talk. Silence holds a unique tension. Stillness is the same. They create a wonderful expectancy. Think of being in any situation with a group of people, one of whom never speaks. What would you think of that person? I not against talking. I’m definitely not against […]
Thanks To Jonathan Lyons at comedyforanimators.com / Stupix for this link. I thought I’d briefly look at what the “yellow” character is doing so well. SHARPNESS I love the way this actor is so distinct in his movement from one body position to another. He snaps in and out of poses using all the extremes of his […]