Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

In my humble opinion. As one of its creators.
The kids at Improv A Go Go were kind enough to let us screen the first NTC trailer last night. Dave Jennings heroically showed up at the last minute and fixed the sound, so the ten hours Eric and I put in earlier in the day paid off, and people actually watched, laughed at, and hopefully enjoyed it. We set out to make something that was both cliche and totally weird, unique and representative of Neutrino TC. What did it? I think the combination of "O Fortuna" as a score AND some footage of Corey waggling a sock dangling from his crotch.
Eric's going to add some extra magic to it, and then we'll post it online so people can enjoy it again and again, download it and make screen caps of Corey's nipple.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

box girl in the dumpster room...

...another glory-token from one of our rehearsals. it's amazing the props you can build in under 3 minutes.

hey, so oct. 4th is three weeks from today. our first show! hooker whaaaat?! if i used terms like OMG i would use it right now with some degree of earnestness. then i would punch myself in my face. we are rapidly approaching what i have grotesquely termed, our "soft opening" (i learned that from top chef... so so so not ok) in which we open the show up to audiences and work out all the kinks and mayhem. that will now be my band name if ever i have one. that, or soft opening...

anyway, point at hand: our first 3 "preview" shows---the FIRST THURSDAY of every month, oct. thru dec. 10:30pm @ the bryant lake bowl. $10. come see it. help us sell out. make some dreams come true. in fact, if you come to see the show and say you heard about it from this blog, troy zimmerman will kiss you on the mouth. no strings attached. come to the show. do it.

soon the city will be splattered with our publicity and hope. not to mention some awesome neutrino trailers made by some of our finest. be prepared. be excited. we are...


ps---does anyone want to know what god died of?...

Monday, September 3, 2007

a general report

This is kind of a rambling post to make up for the lack of posts over the last few weeks. We've been busy rehearsing, and mostly just thinking really deeply and furiously, trying to digest what the honorable Matt Donnelly taught us when he visited on August 18th and 19th.

We're rehearsing in Calhoun Square these days, basing our operations out of an empty room in the office corridor behind the cooking classroom and Comedy Sportz. Tuesday nights from 7 to 10 are spent dashing around the mall and surrounding streets, trying to time things correctly and figure out how to tell stories the Neutrino Twin Cities way.... whatever that means. We're still figuring that out. Matt gave us some excellent tools for scene work, story building, camera movement... a big, full toolbox is what we have. Our job now seems to be to take those tools and build a show that is as strong as possible -- AND make Neutrino feel like something uniquely ours as well.

One of the best things I've gotten out of this project so far is the opportunity to work with improvisers from different "schools." I come from a predominantly short form background, having been raised since early adolescence on a diet of Comedy Sportz and dreams. I've had more long form instruction and experience in the last few years, but nothing beats doing scene work with the kids from the long form side of the tracks. I think the collision between varying styles of acting and storytelling is going to yield some really cool results on film. NTC is made up of people from a number of different smaller improv groups, all of whom know each other with varying degrees of familiarity from taking classes at the Brave New Workshop, or working there or at Comedy Sportz. I get the impression that this makes us unique among the Neutrino cities, since other NVPs have been started by groups that were already formed and had worked together before.

I hope to have some photos soon for this sad, black blog. Tomorrow's rehearsal may yield some images.