This following exercise is perfect if you feel like you’re not hitting all the important points in a scene.
First off, here’s your mini lesson about story structure.
We’re going to be taking the Hero’s Journey as the base for our improv scenes. This is a very popular story structure that can be found in most books and movies.
Hero’s Journey Simplified:
- Establish everyday life
- Problem changes the everyday life aka call to adventure
- Hero journey’s forth and faces challenges and temptations
- Climax – this is where it is determined whether the Hero will succeed or fail
- Return to life as a changed hero
How does this relate to improv? Well it’s a really good structure that helps with keeping the story on track and moving forward.
Now for your exercise….
In five sentences, tell a story using the Hero’s Journey structure.
- Dylan was enjoying his lemonade out on his porch. [Establishing Everyday]
- A cat suddenly appeared, looking very thirsty. [Problem]
- Dylan tried to feed the cat water, milk, but it did’t want any of that. [Challenges]
- The cat pounced on Dylan, spilling his lemonade. [Climax]
- Dylan watched in defeat as the cat drank the rest of his lemonade. [Resolution]