by Jan Lefrancois-Gijzen
So why start a project in which people are asked to generate exclusively serious 30-second videos?
You could theorize all day, but one thing is abundantly clear: it’s tons of fun! Here are the rules:
- It has to be serious.
- It has to be 30 seconds or less
- No more than two people in it
- At least one 5-second dramatic pause
- At least one-cutaway to an object
- Do your best acting
- It needs to have a door slamming
One of Automatic Improv‘s favorite improv games is “Serious Scene,” so this was a natural fit! Here is our take:
How did we do it?
We had some spare time after shooting another sketch (coming soon!) so we set up a camera on the back of Andy Coen and Kevin Barry’s porch. In frame: two chairs and a door. Actors rotated in and out, doing :30-second serious scenes.
If my memory serves me right, we did nearly 20 scenes. Though a lot of them were great, we happened to laugh a lot in the process – even though we weren’t trying to be funny!
Improv Secret: not trying to be funny is an easy way to be funny.
Again, we had a ton of fun making this video. You TOTALLY should make your own, and feel free to post it in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Community art!