Director jack c. newell on his award-winning improv comedy ‘open tables’

Jack C. Yoga north reading ma Newell is the program director at the recently launched Harold Ramis Film School at Second City and an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent feature, the locally shot romantic comedy Open Tables, will be available to watch via iTunes beginning Friday, December 2. Yoga poses for runners hips I recently spoke to Jack about the film, improvisation, food and amnesia.

Open Tables is frequently referred to as an “improv comedy.” Tell me about your process: Did you have a treatment that you worked from or did you write a script based on improv exercises with the actors?

On the spectrum of the completely written film where you don’t change a single word on set to “We’re just gonna make it all up,” we hit different points along that entire spectrum. Y2 yoga nyc There is a script—it’s like 60 pages.

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