This workshop covers the following topics:
- Writing a comedy with the Story-Type Method: Structural tips and advice
- Comedy Subgenres: What do they all have in common?
- How to use story-types and Maslow in a comedy
- Developing a Plot-Led Comedy
- Case Study: The Hangover (Todd Philips)
- Developing a Character-Led Comedy
- Case study: Tootsie (Sydney Pollack) or Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
- Developing a Theme-Led Comedy
- Case study: Parenthood (Ron Howard)
- Developing a Comedy as a Hybrid or an Exception
- Case studies: The Court Jester (Norman Panama), 500 Days of Summer (M. Webb) and Adaptation (Spike Jonze)
What's in it for you?
Do you feel like the usual paradigms are draining the life out of your screenplay? Yet you’re aware that a good comedy isn’t just a succession of jokes? This workshop might be for you!
Based on the innovative Story-Type Method®, this 2-day module explores essential tools for developing a successful comedy, either for Film or TV.
For example, we’ll take a look at the way we can use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to increase the chances of reaching our target audience in a comedy. We’ll also explore comedy sub-genres, the anatomy of a gag and how humor comes from conflict and surprise. We’ll see how high concept comedies are almost always based on dramatic irony, and how fully understanding this powerful tool gives you the edge in comedy writing (and pitching!).
From designing a classical misunderstanding to shaping the structure of scenes, sequences and even the whole screenplay, this workshop should help raise your comedy writing skills to the next level.
Using clips, examples and detailed case studies from successful comedies such as The Hangover, The Young Offenders, Tootsie, Midnight Run, The Circus, Life is Beautiful, There’s Something About Mary, Juno, Silver Linings Playbook, Groundhog Day, Bridesmaids, Parenthood, Friends, The Intouchables, As Good As It Gets, The Court Jester, Love Actually, Goodby Lenin, Little Miss Sunshine, The Apartment, 500 Days of Summer, The Heat, Adaptation and many others, we’ll look at the storytelling tools and techniques needed to master this very popular genre.
ACE - Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (F)
Cologne International Film school - Production department (G)
Cornwall Film (UK)
Creative England (UK)
Ealing Studios (UK)
FAS / Screen Training Ireland (IR)
Film I Väst - SVT - Svenska Filminstitutet (SW)
FilmLab Norge (NW)
Ideal Audience / Kaleo Films (F)
Jim Henson's Creature Shop (UK)
Media Desk Galway (IR)
Medienboard Berlin Brandebourg (G)
Mitteldeutsche MedienForderung (G)
Pipedream Pictures (UK)
Screen West Midlands (UK)
Swedish Film Institute (SW)
UK Film Council - Development Fund (UK)
Zephyr Films (UK)