The First Unusual Thing

In this section we’ll practice discovering what’s funny about the scene and agreeing on it.

Our goal is to come up with The Game - a pattern of unusual behavior. The Unusual Thing is the first element in your scene that breaks from the expectations set by the Base Reality. The Unusual Thing introduces the absurd behavior or a piece of information, and the rest of the scene will be focused on heightening and exploring this absurdity (we won’t introduce more random unrelated absurd ideas).

Discovering the Unusual Thing
Framing the Unusual Thing
Exercise: Creating the Unusual Thing using Strong Moves
Exercise: Discovering the Unusual Thing Organically, and Framing it