Dan’s Seriously Top Secret Project: Step 01

Ok, so it was game on, I am going to do this…

It might be a good idea to do a few trial runs, before I actually start this project, otherwise it might be a massive waste of time… and also once again a rather embarrassing experience and a lot of egg on one’s face.

I started writing material and re‐writing old material in the hope to use it. With Chris Head acting as script‐editor, I was confident that I would be able to create some good scripts, even a few really good ones once I got going.

Though I have to be honest, I’m really sticking my neck out here. Only a few months ago I had never written a sketch in my life.

Luckily Australian Pete was happy to help out in using both his camera and editing skills to get the project up and running. As we were only practicing Pete and I would be in the sketches and I imagined I would bring in actors when I go the project up and running.

I still very much wanted to be in front of the camera and not behind it, or just organising, as with what was happening too often with running the Underground Comedy Club.

Script in hand, I jump onto the tube and head for Pete’s flat. I look at the script and think…“I have no idea how to learn a script. Shit”.….If I hadn’t written this I would be in serious doo doos

Luckily on arrival we actually spent a hour rewriting the script (so it’s lucky I didn’t learn it) and then running with it. We decided we would set up two camera angles. Each angle pointing at the each of the two characters in the sketch and ignore the wide angle shot for now.

This has its advantages as it means that you can get away with not learning the script 100%. YAHOO. As the camera will jump back and for between the characters, so mistakes can easily be edited out.….

But not learning the script, does mean that you might cock up your lines and you’re more winging it than actually performing. I imagine this isn’t something that happens a lot in the real world.

Even though it was just a first attempt, I absolutely loved it. It was such a good laugh, so enjoyable and I couldn’t wait to see the edited sketch.

Dan Tambling is a stand-up comedian, sketch comedy writer, actor and producer of ‘12 sketches in a London house’. This is his blog.

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