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Screenplay Comedy Intensive With Steve Kaplan

June 25 @ 9:30 am - June 26 @ 6:00 pm

Details

Start:
June 25 @ 9:30 am
End:
June 26 @ 6:00 pm
Cost:
£299.94

Venue

Raindance Film Centre
10a Craven Street
London, WC2N 5PE
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Phone:
0207 9303 412

Other

Tutor
Steve Kaplan
Duration
Weekend Masterclass
Premium Members get this course for £254.94 Join Now!
Steve Kaplan Comedy Intensive

Whether you’re writing a comedy screenplay, working on a sitcom script, or producing or directing a comedy film or television series, Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Screenplay Intensive is a must for any serious professional. Find out why the top writers, producers and directors from companies such as ABC, Disney, BBC, Dreamworks, Aardman Animation, NBC, Touchstone Television and others regularly attend his famed class.

Raindance is proud to present Steve Kaplan in London.

Course Overview

The Comedy Screenplay Intensive is a two-day course that explores the hidden tools and principles of comedy.

Screenwriters need to understand what comedy is, how it works, why it works, what’s happening when it’s not working. This weekend masterclass explains what you can do to create smiles and chuckles in your scenes and movies. Tutor Steve Kaplan is recognised as one of Hollywood's comedy experts. He has developed a proven system and offers and practical methods and techniques.

On Day 1, you will explore with Kaplan the Hidden Tools of Comedy – useable, practical tools that you can apply immediately to your work.

Day 2 focuses on character, structure, comic premise and specific ways of applying the tools to text.

The workshop includes interactive exercises, solo and group writing activities, as well as a liberal use of clips from current and classic comedies to illustrate key points and principles. By the end of this weekend you will thoroughly understand how comedy works and have a solid toolkit enabling you to write comedy screenplays professionally.

[BOOK THIS CLASS AND RECEIVE A DVD OF 25 SCRIPT PDFS OF FAMOUSLY FUNNY FILMS]

Comedy Screenplay Course Outline:

I. Premise

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COMEDY

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
  • Comedy Perception Test – Are you seeing 20/20?
  • Funny vs. Comic – The difference
  • The Comedy Equation

II. Set-up

THE HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY

  • Winning
  • Non-Hero
  • Metaphorical Relationships
  • Positive (and Negative) Actions
  • Active Emotion
  • Straight Line/Wavy Line
  • Four Elements of Jokes
  • The Tools Applied
  • Learn how to use these essential tools in your work

III. Development

COMEDY PRACTICUM

  • Entire History of Comedy…in 15 minutes.
  • Comedy Archetypes
  • Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth
  • Developing the Comic Premise
  • The Comedy Paradigm

IV. Payoff

STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT

  • The Comic Hero’s Journey
  • Art of Romantic Comedy
  • Sitcoms & Pilots
  • Final Q&A

Here's What They're Saying About Steve Kaplan

I loved it. It was informative as much as entertaining. Mr. Steve, you are fuuuunnnyy."
Michael M., Toronto

Everything you need to be a comedy writer except the searing self-doubt, crippling anxiety, and suffocating social awkwardness."
Chad Gervich, Writer/Producer (Dog With a Blog; Author: Small Screen, Big Picture)

"I rarely think about why something I'm working on is funny. I'm usually just fixated on the fact that it's not funny enough. So it was interesting to look at it from such a thoughtful perspective. I started reading the book expecting to be merely amused, but what I found was a rigorous deconstruction of what makes comedy. Steve takes this ephemeral topic and reduces it to tangible terms that are both practical and illuminating. Oh, and it's funny. Which is useful when you're talking about comedy."
David Crane, Creator & Executive Producer (Friends, Episodes)

"Steve Kaplan was a very important influence on me as a young performer and writer. Many of his techniques for analyzing a comedy scene I still use to this day. Although, I make sure I never give him credit."
Steve Skrovan, Writer/Producer (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Steve Kaplan
For years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. He regularly serves as a consultant and script doctor to such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others.

In New York, Steve was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, where he developed writers such as Peter Tolan (Analyze This, Finding Amanda), writer and producer David Crane (Friends, Joey, The Class), writer/producer Tracy Poust (Ugly Betty, Will & Grace), Michael Patrick King (The Comeback, Sex and The City, Will & Grace),David Ives (Venus in Fur), Will Scheffer (Big Love), Howard Korder (LAKEVIEW TERRACE starring Samuel Jackson and Ashton Kutcher), Lisa Loomer, Tom Donaghy, Sandra Tsing Loh (CHICKEN LITTLE), Kenneth Lonergan and Mark O’Donnell (HAIRSPRAY starring John Travolta) and introduced such performers as Lewis Black, Mercedes Ruehl, Oliver Platt, Helen Slater, Fisher Stevens, Veanne Cox, Sam McMurray, Vickie Lewis and Illeana Douglas.

In Los Angeles, he created the HBO New Writers Project, discovering HBO Pictures screenwriter Will Scheffer and performer/writer Sandra Tsing Loh; and the HBO Workspace, a developmental workshop in Hollywood that introduced and presented performers such as Jack Black and Tenacious D, Kathy Griffin, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (Mr. Show), Josh Malina and Paul F. Tompkins. At the Workspace, he was Executive Producer for the award-winning HBO Original Programming documentary DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. Steve has directed in regional theaters and Off-Broadway (including Sandra Tsing Loh’s ALIENS IN AMERICA at Second Stage) and has developed, produced and directed other one-woman shows with actress Lauren Tom and comediennes Nora Dunn and Kathy Buckley.

Steve has been teaching his Comedy Intensive workshops to thousands of students for more than 10 years. He is currently presenting his two-day Comedy Intensive workshops around the world, with workshops scheduled in Los Angeles, New York, London and Singapore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYw5QOusjGQ

Read more about Steve Kaplan at kaplancomedy.com

Details

Start:
June 25 @ 9:30 am
End:
June 26 @ 6:00 pm
Cost:
£299.94

Venue

Raindance Film Centre
10a Craven Street
London, WC2N 5PE
+ Google Map
Phone:
0207 9303 412

Other

Tutor
Steve Kaplan
Duration
Weekend Masterclass
Premium Members get this course for £254.94 Join Now!