KCIC Improv Workshops: Format: The Movie

KC Improv Company Workshop Series

The KC Improv Company provides a series of workshops throughout the year taught by improvisors and artists and designed to help advanced improvisors hone their skills and develop their talents. Participants in these workshops are expected to have a basic working knowledge of improvisational terms and techniques.

Format: The Movie

Aron Wallis & Bobby McCosky are two members of Kansas City’s only improv team that does a movie format, That’s No Movie! They have played various Comic Con’s and festivals from Omaha, to Chicago, to New York City. In this four week class, they will teach you what the movie format is, the edits that can be used or made up for it, what some tropes of films are and how to play them without getting stuck in plot, as well as how to play the various characters from genres of films.

Week 1 – Intro to The Movie

We’ll discuss what makes up the structure of the movie form, what fun things the form allows for, as well as get started on the tropes and characters we see in these films and how to play them. We will talk with the group and try to focus on 3 or 4 specific genres of film to hone in on for the class, so come prepared with a few of your favorite genres in mind!

Week 2 – Edits/Camera Angles/Scene Paints

This week we’ll get into the intro scene paints of the form, how to do them, and what works. We’ll also go over the array of camera angles, edits, and cut to’s we can do in the movie format. Each genre has their own stylistic choices, and the camera angles we use can help influence the feel of our set.

Week 3 – Tropes & Characters

We’ll dive into the various tropes & characters we run into in the genres of cinema we picked the first week in class. What happens in all these films? What kind of characters appear in them? What are the ‘beats’ of these types of film? We’ll answer all these questions as well as show you how to play a game within these tropes.

Week 4 – Playing Game Not Plot

With every scene in the movie format, we don’t want to just play the scene from the movie, we want to have a game. Some funny idea that breaks from the pattern of normality in these films and is funny. We’ll discuss how to do this without getting bogged down in following the plot of the story we’ve created.

About Bobby and Aron:

Bobby McCosky is an improviser, and teacher who has been working in the Kansas City improv scene for 4 years. He has performed with three time Underground Throwdown champs Disappointing Birthday Party, and currently plays on indie teams Babies, which specializes in the Harold, and That’s No Movie, which make up genre films on the spot. Bobby has played in The Chicago Improv Festival, the KC Improv Festival, The Del Close Marathon in New York City, and various Comic Cons throughout the Midwest. He has had long term training from Kevin Mullaney, Amey Goerlich, James Mastraieni, and many other coaches from around the country. When he is not busy improvising or teaching improv, Bobby spends his days studying entomology, playing guitar, and petting dogs while not addressing their owners.

Aron has been performing Improvisational Comedy since 2006 as a sophomore in high school. Through the years he’s had the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in Kansas City and nationwide. He’s also performed in festivals and shows from Omaha to Denver to New York and beyond! The KC Improv Company has been a home of his for the past 4 years or so and has helped him find a passion for teaching, directing and furthering the artform.

Workshop Details:

When: 4 Saturdays – March 4th, March 11th, March 18th, & March 25th, 2017. From 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kick Comedy Theater at 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City MO. Located in between the Green Room Burgers and Beer and the Westport Coffehouse.

Who: This workshop is for intermediate and advanced improvisors. Attendees must have completed through Level 301 at the KCIC Training Center or have equivalent improv experience. For questions if this workshop is right for you, please email classes@kcimprov.com.



What is the schedule for this class?

This workshop meets for 4 Saturdays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This KC Improv Company workshop is for individuals ages 17+. For younger improvisors, please ask about our teen opportunities.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email classes@kcimprov.com with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Please email us at classes@kcimprov.com if you need to make any changes or cancellations to your order.