NEW RELEASE: DVD about origin of improvisation. Shot by Michael di Paolo in East Hampton, N.Y., the DVD opens with a personal statement by Shepherd (26 minutes) and ends with an hour of similar material about the origin of improvisation. For a copy mailed to your home send a check to Group Creativity for $12 plus your address and zip. We are 1029 Federal, Belchertown, MA 01007.
Editorial Reviews of "...that Movie in Your Head"
Shepherd introduced me to improvisation. And improv changed my life."
Alda, Emmy Award Winning Actor
started it all...it’s no surprise...he’s still on the
cutting edge of the improvisational art form."
—Andrew Alexander, Owner/Executive Producer, The Second City
Shepherd is the avant garde of an accessible film making movement."
Sills, Founding Producer of Second City and Story Theater
has this book been all my life? ... Innovative and exciting. I devoured
this book - which can be appreciated by people from all walks of
life. A fantastic creative outlet for those bored with sitting on
their couch in front of the tv. By the end of the first chapter
I was already shooting test footage with my friends."
—Michael Golding, LA
and entertaining. This book has some great suggestions for getting
people engaged in creating and collaborating."
—Noell Wolfgram Evans from Columbus, OH
OUR GUIDE TO IMPROV VIDEO MOVIES AND GET SHEPHERD FREE
as you get your group together to improvise a movie, David will
give you a half hour of free advice. He's been using one format
or another to turn out video movies for three decades. Now called
"MOVIExperience," his new formula is almost ten years
old and has been used by groups as far west as Arizona and as far
east as East Hampton, NY.
Movie in Your Head," offers details on brainstorming
a scenario and casting it, Coach's Signals preparing the cast for
the camera and help with decisions, for instance, on whether or
not to shoot Take II. Both staff jobs and tech backup are described
fully. A chapter on story telling is filled out with sample plots
that have been shot or can be shot. Interviews with experienced
videographers from 18 years old to 60 are included with sample projects—some
instructive failures, others wildly successful.
many guides out there, this isn't weighed down with technical detail
or product descriptions. It concentrates on the central elements
of video design: camera, location, microphone, lighting. What are
your options in shooting? Will your scenario work? How can your
cast be warmed up? What makes for a specialy interesting location?
Because young readers will stumble less on our text and examples,
they’ll think more for themselves. They’ll see many
opportunities to trade jobs--Coach to Asst. Coach, for instance,
or Player to Boom Operator. We recommend having enough copies of
the Guide on hand so participants can take it into a corner or carry
it home and absorb what they find most helpful. There’s always
time to fill during a shoot, and the Guide offers an ideal way to
offer two ways to get into video story telling. Next to our conventional
text we’ve set a “fast track” where readers are
encouraged to shoot first and ask questions later. People entering
the video world at a young age will appreciate our “fast track.”
It gives them the taste for mastering projects about which they
are not quite clear. It assumes they are ready for the next flight
up into video mastery. It makes them think on their own. Still they
can fall back on video games and exercises in the slower curriculum.
The Guide encourages all readers to invent stories and develop them
to the point where scenarios can be pulled out for production later.
Also, several revealing stories about productions are included toward
the end of the Guide. In brief, 200 pages can whisk a reader from
total ignorance of video to a friendly familiarity. We also list
websites where you can take a plunge into current dialogs about
technical and artistic issues.
CHECK or MONEY ORDER for $22.00 (S &
H included) made to Group Creativity Projects. Send to 1029 Federal,
Belchertown, MA 01007.
your video team; then call
and ask for David's free advice.