* 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.
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