A New Improv Game: Photo Shoot!

The game goes like this:

One person is the photographer.

The other person is their model.

The photographer gives the model a lot of vague and wacky endowments.”OK, now show me you as a superhero. Love it! More superheroey. More like Batman. OK OK, not so much Batman as … The Hulk! Be a sexy Hulk. Perfect! Beautiful! But now you’re the Hulk in a field of daisies. Be a big sexy superhero monster in a field of flowers!”

The whole time, the model is trying to wordlessly capture what the photographer wants. It’s high energy and fast. And sometimes the model will strike a new pose on his own, and the photographer will then need to verbally justify what the model is posing as. It’s back and forth, neither leading nor following.


  1. Kevin Miller (@happywaffle) on May 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Damn, you say this right AFTER this round of classes are done. I’ll add it to my warm-ups list, though.

    • Andrew on May 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Yeah, I’m not sure if this idea will work, but if it does, I think it could be a great combination of verbal practice (endowing, justifying) and non-verbal (posing, instant enthusiasm).

  2. Justin Davis on May 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    The Starter Kit used to play Photo Shoot regularly before shows, and we’ve done it as a warm up for The Rubber Room jams a couple of times too.

    • Andrew on May 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Nice! I suspected I didn’t invent it. But I’ve certainly never seen it in action.

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