Matt Walsh on How to Direct an Improvised Movie

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How do you shoot an improvised movie? According to Matt Walsh, who is just finishing up work on High Road, with a lot of rehearsal time: “We had roughly 65 scenes and each scene had a paragraph of plot and character count: Who’s in the scene and when they come in. And then for the comedy’s sake, we had game in each scene so characters could find what was funny in each moment that the players could play around in. … We spent two weeks in the theater just working together. We improvised scenes that weren’t even in the movie, but it helped solidify the characters and their backgrounds.”