Archive for May, 2011

Comedy Feature Writing Workshop

16th May 2011

FAS Screen Training IrelandFÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a Feature Comedy Writing Workshop taught by Steve Kaplan from 1-2 July, 2010 in Galway. Cost: €150.

Application Procedure:
Application Procedure: Please apply online at submitting a current CV by Wednesday the 8th of June. Applicants who wish to be considered for a consultation with Steve Kaplan should be aware of all the information below. Screenwriters with feature length comedies in development are invited to apply for a consultation with Steve Kaplan. Steve is a US based consultant and script doctor for comedy writers in the area of Features and TV. He has worked in this area for 15 years and his clients include companies such as DreamWorks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others. Steve has also taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other universities. The consultations will take place in Galway on Sunday, July 3rd. Three participants will be selected for the consultations based on the merit of their treatment and their writing experience.

Please note the following in relation to applying for a consultation:

  • A one page treatment will be required. Nothing over this will be considered
  • Also include a logline and a one paragraph synopsis of the feature comedy you are writing
  • Nothing will be considered after the deadline date of June 8th
  • All treatments for consideration should be emailed to

Participant Profile:
Emerging and experienced screenwriters. Screenwriters who wish to submit a treatment must have a feature lenght comedy in development.

Course Profile:
The aim of this workshop is to examine the nuts and bolts of successful comedy writing. The workshop will take the form of lectures and practical exercises.

The outline is as follows:
1. Introduction and Overview
2. Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
3. Comedy Perception Test – Are you seeing 20/20?
4. Funny vs. Comic – The difference
5. The Comedy Equation
1. Winning
2. Non-Hero
3. Metaphorical Relationships
4. Positive (and Negative) Actions
5. Active Emotion
6. Straight Line/Wavy Line

1. Entire History of Comedy…in 15 minutes.
2. The Commedia Intensive
3. Comedy Structure & Development
4. Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth
5. Comic Premise Exercises & Analysis
6. The Comedy Paradigm
7. Comedy Writing in Film and Television
8. Jokes and Other Weapons of Mass Distraction
9. Developing Unique Comic Character POVs
10. and Personalities

1. Script Analysis (TV and Film)
2. Clips from classic and current comedy TV
3. Shows and films demonstrating the principles and tools of Comedy
4. Exercises and demonstrations of comedy principles
5. Final Q&A

2011 ZeBBie Award Winners

13th May 2011

ZeBBie AwardsThe winners of the 2011 ZeBBie Awards were announced last night at a glittering Ceremony in the Sugar Club in Dublin:

Best Television Script
Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate

Best Radio Script
Tom Murphy for A Whistle in the Dark

Best Theatre Script
Michael West for Freefall

Best Feature Film Script
Conor Horgan for One Hundred Mornings

Best Short Film Script
Michael Creagh for The Crush

The crowd was entertained with music to start, which was followed by the awards ceremony. Senator David Norris was the splendid Master of Ceremonies for the night, ably assisted by the hilarious comedian Gary Cook.

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees!

There was an astounding magician to entertain the crowd afterwards. Later on boxes of Domino’s Pizzas arrived, and in another act of magic they vanished almost immediately.

Many thanks to everyone who came along for making it a great night. We’re looking forward to the 2012 ZeBBies already!