These are my notes on Todd Stashwick's Out of Bounds workshop.
* Opening/establishing a scene start via *dialog* is *already* 'getting in your head'.
* Instead, go with physicality.
* This keeps you present and connected.
* "Predator mind" = a 360° focus on *externals*, not internals.
* So you're not "coming up with shit".
* Some predator-mind exercises:
* passing snaps
* freak tag
* 1-2-3 games.
* Mayfly = formless = "Feed the Beast what it requires."
* Mirroring: copy or complement.
* You can do this in physical space.
* You can also do this in 'emotional space'.
* Other exercises:
* Fill in negative space en masse.
* Create stage pictures en masse.
* "Rockets" = the permission/go game.
* First, with a spoken "yes".
* Then, with a nonverbal signal.
* Freeze = vaudeville 'take', then subtler (10 -> 6 -> 2)
* You can initiate things with just an observation of negative space.
* Think of "space substance" as mimed space that 'pushes back'.
* An exercise: scene, tilt, then repeat everything to that point.
* What is character?
* Character is predictable, repeated behavior.
* What is drama?
* Drama is change.
* Therefore, we need to antagonize characters.
* This throws a wrench in their predictable, repeated behaviors.
* In a Mr Bean/silent scene, try to go to crazy-town.
* Exercise: as a group, invent a children's game.
* This is all about following patterns.
* You can also invent a choreographed dance/ritual.
* Fundamentals: give-and-take, yes-and, heighten-and-explore, mirroring, shaping space, transformation.
* These are unseen principals.
* Components: characters, relationship, action, objects, environment.
* These are seen things.