Scripts

ONE MINUTE SCRIPT TIPS – SCARY
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It’s amazing to think you can tell an effective story just with a one-minute script. This one is meant to be creepy so you have to BUILD TENSION.

 

Here are some pointers and tips so you and a friend can get the best out of the script:

 

  • Where it says: (pause) you count in your head to 2 like this: 1-and-2. That means that the character is thinking.

  • Where it says: (a long pause), count in your head to 4. In this script it means your character is listening for something to happen. It’s important to note that in the pauses – something is always happening: for a short pause your character is thinking and realising something, for a longer pause, your character is often waiting for something important to happen or listening. Make your pauses work for you.

  • At first SAM is pretty sceptical – more bothered with being cold and impatient for things to get going. Towards the end though they are genuinely scared.

  • Keep the volume up throughout each line. Most of us fade and ‘throw away’ the ends of sentences when we speak – but in acting the volume at the end of the line must be the same as the beginning. The most important rule in acting is this: ALWAYS BE HEARD.

  • Don’t pause unless it says (pause). New actors think that by adding a pause before every line it makes everything they say sound more important. Not true – it just slows everything down. Think of a script like piece of music – it has its rhythm. And when you sing a song, you don’t introduce random pauses into it, do you? You’d lose the beat if you did. Well it’s the same with scripts. They have their beat too and so only play pauses where they’re indicated.

  • What do Sam and Jo see at the end? You have to make that up as the script doesn’t tell you. It could be a ghost or a vampire or something. It could just be Jo’s brother wearing a sheet trying to scare everyone. Make a decision though and that will help you play the scene well.

ONE MINUTE SCRIPT TIPS– COMEDY

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It’s amazing to think you can tell an effective little story just with a one-minute script. This one is meant to be funny and that’s a tough call. Can you make people laugh?

 

Here are some pointers and tips so you and a friend can get the best out of the script:

 

  • Comedy is best played at the right speed. It has a faster rhythm than drama.

  • This script works best if you use CUE-BITE. That is the lines between Jan and Alex almost join up – so no pauses between the two character’s lines unless indicated. You can practise CUE-BITE with your partner by saying the nursery rhyme ‘Baa, Baa, Black sheep’.

 

  • First say it together so you both know it

  • Next take a LINE each

  • Finally say a WORD each and aim to keep the rhythm of the nursery rhyme going between the two of you (this is quite hard to do so practise it)
  • Keep the volume up to the end of each line (never throw away comedy lines)

  • Slightly over-articulate the words sounding all those B’s, D’s, L’s, T’s and N’s extra hard.  So the line: ‘Just hold my hand’ is said ‘JusT holD my hanD’ rather than “Jus’, hol’ my han’…”. Over-articulation is the hallmark of good comedy – it makes the lines extra clear and extra funny! Try it and see.

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