First of all, thank you. Thank you to all of you who have contacted me with encouragements, suggestions and offers to meet and collaborate. This whole idea seems a bit ‘crazy’ at times. You have helped me to realise that, at least, it isn’t ridiculous. As I write these words, we have landed in New York City (and are looking forward to a tasty slice of NYC Pizza, any recommendations?) We are scheduled to receive a lesson on improvisation on the 13th of January with Rick Andrews at The Magnet Training Center. We look forward to learn some basics and kick-start this project. We are staying in NYC for a week and are still looking for more comedians, musicians, poets, dancers, therapists and more to encounter before we leave for our next destination. Please, share this info with anyone you think might be interested. Contact us, we came all this way just to meet you.
On the 19th of January we are flying to Chicago. So many of you have pointed us in that direction: “It is the birthplace of improv”, “You MUST come to Chicago” ”Why do you even start with New York?!?!” (I see that the rivalry is about more than just Pizza). We will be landing in Chicago on the 19th of January in the afternoon. Please, do get in contact. Where should we go? Who should we meet? Where should we eat? Your guidance is extremely valuable to us! See below how you can get in touch with us… I am looking forward to reading from you.
We would hate for this journey to end too soon. We don’t want your money, we rather have your help. See below how you can help us, but let me add this: Do you work for a hotel? Please share what we do with your managers, they might be able to help us! Do you work for a restaurant? Please, share what we are doing with your boss! (Sergej can get a bit moody when he eats bad food) Do you work for an airline? Give it a shot, tell you superiors about us and what we are doing! We will be sharing all about them on our social media channels and include them in the final work.
- Provide guidance. Where should we go next, and why? The sooner you contact me with an idea, the more likely it is that we can make it happen within our means. I’d like to stay in North America at first, but I am willing to consider any corner of the globe. Where should I go and Why?
- Provide subjects. I know what I am looking for but I do not know who will deliver it. For every improviser we will meet, I would like to record an interview and a performance. Do you know musicians, comedians, poets, dancers, painters, rappers or other kind of improvisers? Do you truly believe that they have that something special in regards to what they do? Do you know people that are obsessed with improvisation, that have studied it from a psychological or evolutionary point of view? Could you put me in contact with them? Who should I include and Why?
- Provide artistic/technical support. I might end up in your neighbourhood, you might have an extra camera sitting there, you might have some spare time on your hand on that day, and you might be tempted to join us. We are traveling light and only have one camera system and a small action camera for this project. Can you join us for a shoot?
- Provide sponsorship. We have limited funds, some would say very limited funds. We intend to continue our exploration of improvisation for as long as we can stretch our resources. Any form of sponsorship is welcome. Discounted or free travel, accommodation and food are the main concerns. We will also need venues, where we can gather, interview and improvise. All sponsors will be thanked through our social media networks and clearly included in the final work.
- Let other people know. Share this post and its content with everyone you think might be interested. Actually, share this post and its content with everyone you know. Let other people know.
How can you follow us along? You can keep track of our activities and movements on:
Who are we?
Giorgio Palazzi (Producer/Director)
Born and raised in Meyrin (GE, Switzerland) from Italian parents. After various jobs and experiences on set and mainly in post-production, he transitioned to a career in Filmmaking Education, in search of a more stable life. This allowed him to live and work in Australia, New Zealand, Rome, Bangkok and the UK, teaching and coordinating for various Filmmaking Departments. He recently setup a small production company, W(A/O)NDERFILM Ltd. It seems stability is not entirely what he was after, a passion is a passion, and teaching it was simply not enough. He still ‘educates’ from time to time through his filmmaking blog, waondering.com.
Sergej Bezuglov (Director of Photography)
Born and raised in Klaipeda (Lithuania). He trained as a diver and dive instructor before embarking on various underwater jobs around the world. After visiting the reefs and wildlife of the Maldives, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, he was ‘forced’ to take a camera in his hands. It was love ‘at first sight’ and his curiosity pushed him to learn about most aspects of film and video making. He was later employed by a Filmmaking School where he mainly taught cinematography and color correction. A passion is a passion, however, and teaching it was simply not enough.
Why am I doing it?
For the last couple of years I have been stuck in preparation hell. I have been working on various creative projects and they were all at “various stages of development”. It was frustrating. It is frustrating. I feel the need to do.
I look back at when I wrote this post – Let’s Wing It: Improvisation, Film and That Something Special – It was more than a year ago. I wrote it with a lot of admiration (and a bit of envy.) What really bugs me is how little I have done since.
I have often told my students not to invest their own money in their films. I am not sure why I used to tell them so. I was told so by my teachers and I was just repeating what I was taught. In the end, it is like saying do not invest in yourself, and that does not make any sense to me anymore.
How can you contact me? You can use the channels above or write at firstname.lastname@example.org