Join American guest teacher, Derek Miller for a one-day intensive workshop on one of the most exciting improvised forms, THE MOVIE.
Originally developed by the IO house team "The Family” in Chicago in the mid 90’s, The Improvised Movie was adopted by a group called Bitter Noah whose success with the form was the incubator for the IO West in L.A. It has been taught at other schools but not with the strict attention to tight narrative and inventive shot construction the original execution relied on.
The form itself operates like a well-crafted three act film (in 45 minutes or so). The quality of performance directly mimics that of film actors - strong intentions and dramatic flair are at it's heart. The editing techniques are ripped from the pages of a screenplay using shot format to quickly paint scenes and show what can't be said. Downstage lies the screen and we set up all shots through it's "eye."
This workshop will verse you in techniques that will up your game across all aspects of improv - learning to see the ending clearer - keeping things simple (and unique to you) - building strong characters quickly and having a better grasp of narrative.
About the Instructor:
Derek Miller has been hustling in the entertainment community for nearly twenty years - starring in five sit-coms, appearing in over eighty commercials and teaching and performing comedy at iO West, the Second City and for major corporations. His improv show "Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!" ran for twenty years delivering over 1000 performances. He served as a consulting writer on three series and acted as writer/performer for NBC’s prime-time sketch show. His pilot, “Mid To Late” starring Eliza Coupe and Ryan Hansen was produced in 2016. Behind the camera, Derek cut his teeth directing casting sessions for thousands of commercials. He became an on-set improv consultant working under A-list directors and then segued into directing branded content. He helmed campaigns for EA Games, Curve, and PS4 as well as Uproxx's first animated series. Derek has taught, directed and coached thousands of actors. From conceptualizing to final delivery, he has had the unique privilege to utilizing improvisation in every part of the creative process.