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Comedy Video Production 2: Production Intensive

iO Theater - Writing Room

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Writing Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60622
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Writing Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60622

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What's Included

This iO Comedy Network class will be a hit-the-ground-running, crash course in making original sketch videos. Students will make 4 videos in this 8-week class (shooting every other week) gaining a large amount of experience on a film set in a short period of time. We will shoot exclusively student scripts, under 2-pages. We will utilize the base knowledge and skills learned in CVP 1 as students rotate through many of the crucial roles on a small film set (Director/Producer/Director of Photography/Gaffer/Sound Mixer/Art Director etc.). This class will be fairly demanding of time and incredibly rewarding in terms of completed materials.

About This Organizer

Founded in 1981, iO (Formerly ImprovOlympic) is the world famous flashpoint of comic creativity that spawned an entire generation of America’s best and brightest entertainers. Over 5000 people have trained and performed at iO’s Chicago and Los Angeles theaters, including some of the most recognizable names in show business; Mike Myers, Chris Farley, David Koechner, Adam McKay, Tina Fey and many, many more.

Charna Halpern held a belief that improv was capable of more than the short games and competition-style shows that dominated the scene through the 1970s. It was then that she met legendary director and improv luminary Del Close. Their shared vision for a deeper, more robust form of improvisation based on trust and agreement would be rounded into shape and set in motion when they developed the Harold at iO (then ImprovOlympic). With Del serving as the mentor and Charna the guide, longform was born and the two would change the face of improvisational comedy.

 

It was Del’s belief that performers needed to have the utmost respect for one another- that if they treated each other like geniuses, poets and artists, they could become that on stage. This philosophy and the famous “yes, and!” notion that agreement is vital on stage helped iO establish itself in the community, and with that the Chicago improv scene was born. In short order iO grew from a ragtag nomadic group of comedic artists into a nationally recognized artistic institution, a destination for the world’s most talented comedians to study and experiment and work. In 1995, iO moved into its current location on Clark Street in Chicago and iO West opened in Los Angeles in 1997. Charna and Del would co-author “Truth In Comedy”, hailed by Bill Murray as “The most important group work since they built the pyramids,” and considered by many to be the bible of improvisational comedy.

 

 

 

 

 

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