The Improvisers

The Improvisers

Jazz musicians and chefs are creatively spontaneous, but so are surgeons and firefighters. A look at the unscripted moments in all our lives.

Human communication and social interactions are rarely scripted. Improvising is so commonplace that it is hard to define. Kids on the playground, friends having dinner, teachers, musicians, emergency workers. We all do it. But when, why and how?

This project includes an overview video on the topic and six more short videos examining different aspects of improvisation — from the spontaneity of a jazz musician and a firefighter, to the creativity of a surgeon and an ice cream chef.

Produced by a Master’s student at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the project emphasizes visual storytelling for understanding a complex, academic concept.

Content and production by Phil Daquila.