'Exquisite Corpse' explores new moviemaking methods

05:00 AM, Apr 05, 2013

A still shot from 'The Exquisite Corpse Project.' theexquisitecorpseproject.com/


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

If you’ve ever taken a creative writing class, then you may have participated in an “exquisite corpse” exercise. Generally, it focuses on group storytelling, where one person contributes to a tale after seeing only the end of what the previous person wrote. (The concept can be extended to drawings, paintings or just about any art form.)

A new movie, The Exquisite Corpse Project, takes this idea and then brings it to life onscreen. Directed by Ben Popik, the movie shows five comedy writers who are challenged to write 15 pages of a script. The catch is, they can only see the previous five pages before writing.

The trailer below explains how it works. I like that the movie blends documentary footage with the fictional story, which incorporates comedy, drama, sci-fi, action, thriller and just about every other genre:

The Exquisite Corpse Project marks the first release from Splitsider, which is arguably the best comedy site out there. Later this month it’ll be available for sale and on demand; in the meantime, several screenings have been scheduled. Get all the details and/or request a screening in your town at www.theexquisitecorpseproject.com.