Half Life

Half Life


One player has a timer, and the players do a scene for one minute, often from the suggestion of an actual well known movie. They then repeat the scene but in 30 seconds, and again in 5 seconds and then 1 second (or whatever time intervals work best for your group).

Teaching Purpose

  • Mostly just for fun!
  • Also good for character and spontaneity.

Show Introduction

“This is a game called Half Life. We’re going to improvise an entire movie in just 1 minute and then repeat that movie in increasingly shorter times. Please can we have a suggestion of a real movie to get us started?”


Don’t know, it seems to be a widely played short form game across the world.

Hoopla courses we play this game in

Mostly in our level 2 course as a show game and sometimes in our level 1 course for fun.


This exercise is in the following categories:

Short-Form Games


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