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
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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