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How Do You Put the Comedy in Dramedy?

At a Glance

  • During this live webinar, you’ll learn the three essential comic elements in Dramedy.
  • Explore character arcs and development in the form.
  • Examine the perfect melding of comedy with drama through analysis of one-hour episodics (“Better Call Saul” and “Fargo”) and full-length features (“Up in the Air” and “Enough Said.”)

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Dramedy is now one of the most sought-after genres in both television and film. What make for a successful dramedy? More than just putting some jokes in the middle of a drama, the successful dramedy weaves compelling threads of both comedy and drama throughout the narrative.

In this unique virtual workshop, we’ll explore this potent and popular form by distilling it’s basic principles and analyzing how number of successful film and television dramedies achieve a perfect melding of comedy and drama. The webinar will include examples from current and classic dramedies, and offer guidelines on creating and developing your own.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The Dramedy Paradigm: Theme, Thought and Tone
  • The 4 Secrets of Successful Dramedies
  • The essential characters of dramedy
  • Finding the balance between comedic and dramatic elements.
  • Story structure and development in classic dramedy examples.

WHO SHOULD LISTEN?

  • Writers developing a dramedy screenplay or pilot
  • . . . and their producers
  • . . . and directors
  • . . . and studio executives
  • . . . and their agents and managers
  • Development executives
  • Friends of mine from high school (It would be nice to catch up!)

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Meet the Author: Steve Kaplan

For more than a decade, Steve Kaplan has been the industry's most sought-after expert on comedy writing and production. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale, and other top universities, Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program, and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan's Punch Line Theatre. He has served as a consultant to such companies as DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO, and has worked with producers and production companies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, London, Ireland, and Sweden.

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