Improv practice # 4 – what do you have to say?

“Think, who should you be to have the right to speak to the people from stage?” – I’ve read in a magazine, lying on the beach, during my non-improv-vacations. I sighed heavily, because what kind of vacation is this, when the idea came to my blanket and I now is sending me kisses.

This sentence was recalled by the actress, in an interview. She heard it from the professor, while studying in acting school. And that is the first question I would like you to think about.

I warn you. In this text there’ll be more questions than answers. And it’s your job to answer. To yourself.

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Movies as perfumes.

– So, how was it?

The first question, after going out from the cinema. And if nobody asks, that’s a disaster for a movie, because there was nothing to talk about. When I was starting my directing school, I thought that the worst thing that could happen, is to make a bad movie. When people would talk about all the things, that were bad. But after school, I realised, that there is something worse. Make a flat movie, uninteresting one. Look at the credits at the end of every movie – even the worst one – hundreds of people worked on that! Director, people responsible for picture, sound, screenplay, cutting, producing, make up, music, food on set, driving, script, continuation, animal owners, kid’s parents, flat owners, there are even STAND-INs, people, who stand in front of camera, when the star wants to get a coffee or rest, but the lights need to be set for the scene. And hundreds more! And they are all working whole days to make it happen. Not only days. Weeks. Months. Of preproduction, filming, postproduction.

And when people walk out of the cinema, and instead of being shaken, they shake their arms, it’s a disaster. When people, instead of arguing if the movie was good, or bad, they have nothing to say.

On the other hand, sometimes we go out of the cinema in silence, becuase we don’t know what to say. Because we were thinking about the movie, and we didn’t know what to say, yet, we were processing it. We were still living it. In screenwriting classes they said, that you can make the simpliest movie, but if you make the audience FEEL the real emotions, you win. And that this is what cinema is about…

I’ve always had a problem with reviewing movies. IMDB with “stars” seemed awkward. “Good”? “Very good”? “Average”? “Great cinematography, but the potential of actors wasn’t used”? “10 for shaking me”?

And once I went to see the “Perfume” movie. A I realised, what my problem is. It’s not like I don’t know what to think. It just changes.

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