Logistics and advice for digital/physical improv skit?
October 13, 2013 4:24 PM Subscribe
Help me think through a smart/simple/clean way to project text from two different sources onto a screen. And - have you seen/been in any shows that mix digital/physical worlds? I'm all ears for advice about how to make this an especially delightful experience. More details inside.
posted by red_rabbit to media & arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
PART I, LOGISTICS
I'd like to switch things up for an improv show I have coming up. Two people will be (silent) storytellers, two will be actors. The storytellers will take turns writing out bits of text, which will be projected onto a screen. The actors will act out the story. Both the audience and the actors will need to read the text clearly. For the text projection, I would like to select a font/aesthetic that works with the somewhat analog and simple vibe of the show.
The simplest solution I can think of would just be a text message exchange between the two storytellers, with one phone plugged in for projection. But is there a way to do this where I can alter the traditional font/scrolling bubble nature of an iPhone or iPad screen? Alternately, the two storytellers could huddle over one iPad and trade it back and forth...but I do like the idea of two people with distinct writing styles on podiums at opposite ends of the stage, taking turns.
I've also considered giant whiteboards/easel pads, but I don't think I can write quickly/clearly enough for this.
PART II, ADVICE
Have any of you ever performed in or seen any other improv shows that also mix digital/physical worlds? I feel like they must be out there. What worked well and what didn't? I'd love to hear about any experiences/ideas that you think might help make this especially delightful. We may invite a live musician to join us on stage, to add some drama/exclamation points/etc, for instance. This is very much in its early phases, and I'm open to suggestions of all types!