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Writing the comedy movie

Author: Marc Blake
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is often suggested that there are 'secrets' to comedy or that it is 'lightning in a bottle', but the craft of comedy writing can be taught. While comedic tastes change, over time and from person to person, the core underpinning still depends on the comedic geniuses that have paved the way. Great comedy is built upon a strong foundation. In Writing the Comedy Movie, Marc Blake lays out - in an entertainingly
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Blake
ISBN: 9781501316340 1501316346 9781628925951 1628925957 1628925930 9781628925937 1628925922 9781628925920
OCLC Number: 897016342
Description: ix, 261 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Writing the comedy script --
Comedy : A brief comic history ; Funny bones ; A visual medium --
Premise and character : On titles ; What are you writing about? --
Plotting and comic scenes : Fish out of water ; Plotting your comedy movie ; Comic scenes --
Performative comedy : The grammar of the shot ; Gags vs narrative ; Comedian comedy --
Narrative comedy : Screwball ; Romantic comedy ; Incomplete people --
Comedy about sex : Teen comedy ; Frat boys ; Stoner comedies ; Gross-out ; Sex comedy --
Mocking society: parody, mockumentary and satire : Parody ; Mockumentary ; Satire --
Dark comedy and farce : Dark comedy ; Farce --
Sketch comedy and television : Sitcom ; Interview: Peter Paynham --
Action and animated comedy : Action ; Animated comedy --
Double acts: buddy movies, bromance and the road : Bromance ; Road movies --
Christmas comedy --
Sports comedy : Soccer movies --
Military comedy : The trickster hero --
Prison comedies --
Crime, caper, mob and heist movies : The heist or caper movie ; Mob comedy --
Transgression : Camp --
Women in comedy --
Comedy subgenres : Fantasy comedy ; God and the devil ; Comedy horror ; Independent and auteur comedy ; Biopic comedy ; Ensemble comedy --
Worldwide comedy : The English-speaking world ; Other territories --
Conclusion --
Appendix I. [The Hays Code] --
Appendix II. [O'Donnell's laws of cartoon motion].
Responsibility: Marc Blake.

Abstract:

"It is often suggested that there are 'secrets' to comedy or that it is 'lightning in a bottle', but the craft of comedy writing can be taught. While comedic tastes change, over time and from person to person, the core underpinning still depends on the comedic geniuses that have paved the way. Great comedy is built upon a strong foundation. In Writing the Comedy Movie, Marc Blake lays out - in an entertainingly readable style - the nuts and bolts of comedy screenwriting. His objective is to clarify the 'rules' of comedy: to contextualize comedy staples such as the double act, slapstick, gross-out, rom com, screwball, satire and parody and to introduce new ones such as the bromance or stoner comedy. He explains the underlying principles of comedy and comedy writing for the screen, along with providing analysis of leading examples of each subgenre"--

"A practical guide to creating the comedy movie, referencing its subgenres, history, and tropes, along with exclusive interviews with craft practitioners"--

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A comprehensive and insightful survey of cinematic comedy forms and genres. Paul Gulino, Associate Professor of Film, Chapman University, USA, and author of Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach Marc Read more...

 
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