YouTube Selection: Now You See Me’s Improvisation In Film

Last week in this space, I posted a look at how to do visual comedy as a means of stepping away from the current cinematic trend of letting actors improvise jokes to tell a story.

This week, let’s take a look at what improv in the movies can do.

The video from Now You See Me doesn’t limit itself to comedies, pointing out that Martin Scorsese has an improvisational style even with his scripted movies. However, the video is not just praise for improv, pointing out the style’s weaknesses as well as its strengths.  I suspect Now You See Me wouldn’t really object too strongly to anything Every Frame’s A Painting had to say on Edgar Wright and comedic visual comedy, but here’s what he has to say about improv anyway.


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