How to Structure a Feature Comedy Film That Sells
At a Glance
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Have you ever had a great idea for a comedy movie but had no idea what to do with it? In this webinar you will learn how film comedy structure works and how to go from your idea to a working outline.
Contrary to popular belief, comedy is a craft that can be learned. Comedy screenwriting, like all other disciplines of writing, has its own rules, rhythms, and form. In the professional world there are many different career paths for the professional comedy writer, and each of these has its own unique styles and formats. This workshop will teach students how to properly structure a feature length comedy screenplay.
In this webinar, the instructor, Jonathan Kesselman, will teach you key screenwriting (the “Structural Landmarks”) and comedy writing concepts that will allow you to take your idea and turn it into a working outline for a movie that you will then be able to write from. Essentially, you will learn how movies ‘work,’ and when and where things need to occur in your story to keep an audience engaged.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How “sequences” are used to structure a movie
- What the “structural landmarks” of a movie are and when they needs to happen
- Wants VS Needs and how they work in a 3 Act Structure
- Planting and Paying Off
- What high concept means and how to use it to your advantage
- Comedy writing tips and tricks
- The kinds of comedy employed in film
- Some good rules to abide by in your writing
- Types of characters, and character arcs
- A Structure Worksheet to work from
- What a story is and the kinds of stories
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers who want to understand how movies work
- Writers who have always wanted to write a movie but didn’t know where to begin
- Writer’s who want to understand how screen stories work and why
- Writers who want to learn some comedy tips and tricks
- Writers who have script ideas but need help implementing them
- Writers who have business questions about getting their work read
- Writers looking for resources to learn the business
- Writers who want to challenge themselves
- Date available: 05/02/2014
- Publication date: 05/02/2014
- Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.
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Meet the Author: Jonathan Kesselman
Jonathan Kesselman is an award winning filmmaker and writer. He launched his career writing and directing ‘The Hebrew Hammer’ in 2003 to international acclaim with its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It later played a number of international festivals before being picked up for theatrical distribution (Hanukkah 2003) by Strand Releasing in conjunction with Comedy Central and Paramount Home Video. Voted among the top holiday movies by Vanity Fair, Boston Globe and Time Magazine, the ‘Hebrew Hammer’ was aired on Comedy Central for five years after the television rights were sold to the major cable network. Moment Magazine includ...