Note: Familiarity with the Harold structure is required for this exercise.
This is a variation on the One-Minute Scene. It’s great for getting players focused on strong initiations and characters, editing, and making connections.
Bonus: because of the fast pace, there’s no time for second-guessing, a.k.a. being in your head.
The premise is simple: your team has five minutes to do an entire Harold. It breaks down something like this:
Opening – 45 seconds
Beat 1A, 1B, 1C – 45 seconds each
Group Game – 30 seconds
Beat 2A, 2B, 2C – 20 seconds each
Group Game – 15 seconds
Beat 3A, 3B, 3C – 5 seconds each
Of course, these are only rough guidelines. Your gut will tell you when it’s time to move on.
You’ll be amazed how quickly you can build characters and relationships, heighten emotion, identify patterns and bring them back.
If you find your team’s scenes are consistently dragging, taking too long to develop relationships, or not being edited fast enough on stage, this exercise can help. It’s also a lot of fun.
Like the One-Minute Scene, you can ramp it up by doing the same Harold again – in one minute, then 30 seconds, then 10 seconds, then five.