Mastering Genre: The Comedy Screenplay - Raindance Toronto


Mastering Genre: The Comedy Screenplay Toronto

Date: Tuesday 2 February, 7-10pm EST | 4 – 7 PST
Location: Online with Zoom

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At a glance:

Tickling the Divine Comedy

Dying is easy, comedy is hard… but it doesn’t have to be. From Keystone Kops insanity to the dark satire of Wag the Dog, comedy is less about being funny than it is about being honest, which means anyone can write comedy. It is that truth that keeps comedy accessible and popular to cinephiles of all stripes and cultures. Comedy is universal.

This one-evening course provides an overview of comedy, its structure and style. We’ll examine how the comic hero is different from the dramatic one and why that makes him or her more like us. And we’ll start from the classic comedic characters—the archetypes of anarchy—and help you transcend the expected in your screenplay.

This evening class is available separately or as part of the Mastering Genre Workshop Series.

Who should attend:

Screenwriters, filmmakers and performers who want to better understand how to use the underlying truth of comedy to create stories that linger. It may also be of interest to film enthusiasts who want to see how some of their favourite movies are designed.

What you’ll learn:

Whether you’re looking to create an award-winning feature, short film, or series, this master class will help set your screenplay firmly in place.

  • Explain and demystify what “genre” is and what exactly makes a story “genre?”
  • Define the comedy genre and its many forms
  • Highlight structural and story conventions of comedy screenplays
  • Explore the tropes & motifs of comedy screenplays
  • Discuss how to turn expectation on its head
  • Learn how genre can improve not only your storytelling but also your chances for success

About the instructor, Randall C Willis

Randall C willis

Randall C Willis is an award-winning screenwriter based in Toronto. Randall is part of the writing team that produced the sketch comedy TV special Some TV!, and co-wrote several theatrical comedy shows staged across Toronto. Randall’s specialty is story and his ability to help writers develop both their ideas and their unique voices. He has brought those skills to bear with the Austin Film Festival, where he has served as Second Round Reader, and more recently, in his story analysis business So, What’s Your Story?

Did you know?

  • Raindance is Europe’s largest independent film festival
  • This class is free for Raindance Higher Education students – book a free 1-1 tutorial Here
  • Raindance members get a 20% discount on this class. Join HERE and start saving today.
  • Raindance does not teach filmmaking. Raindance makes filmmakers.


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