This is a great form for improvisers of all disciplines to drop in on and play with ease.
Director’s Cut takes five improvisers and turns them into movie directors. Before the show, each “director” chooses a film genre (Sci-Fi, Horror, Teen Romance, etc.) and is responsible for casting and directing their fellow improvisers for their portion of the show.
Before the first scene, each director gets an ask-for to help inspire their improvised film.
Directors stand stage left or right, and set up the narrative aspects of their film. For example, they might set up the Horror movie scene with, “We see three young men pull up to an abandoned cabin in the woods. They get out of their car, excited to spend a few nights in the wild. But one has an uneasy feeling about the cabin…”
The improvisers then start playing the scene. The director can chime in or side-coach to help explore relationships, the narrative, or anything else he or she finds interesting about the unfolding story.
The director can also set up character archetypes and names; anything really, as long as they leave room for the performers to play.
After we see the five movie styles or genres, the audience votes off one movie, and we see the continuation of the four remaining improvised films until one movie and director remain.
So much fun! It’s an easy form to grasp, and a real audience pleaser.
(Thanks to actor/improviser Matt Folliott for this post.)