Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Comedy Feature Writing Workshop

16th May 2011 by Maura McHugh

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 www.screentrainingireland.ie 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 criona.sexton@fas.ie

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:
I. Premise: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COMEDY
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
II. Set-up: THE SIX HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY
1. Winning
2. Non-Hero
3. Metaphorical Relationships
4. Positive (and Negative) Actions
5. Active Emotion
6. Straight Line/Wavy Line

III. Development: APPLYING THE TOOLS
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

IV. Payoff: COMEDY PRACTICUM
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

London Comedy Writers Festival

30th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

London Comedy Writers Festival

The London Screenwriters’ Festival team is running a Spring Genre Comedy Festival for TV, Film and Radio Professionals, called the London Comedy Writers Festival.

It will comprise of an entire weekend dedicated to writing comedy for the screen with one day of seminars and one day of networking.

It will feature:

  • 400 professional delegates
  • 50 expert speakers
  • 30 empowering events

Dates: 9 – 10 April
Ticket price: £149
Venue: The London College of Film, Media and Performance at Regents College.

More information about the festival is available from the web site.

P.S. If you’re looking for a discount then courtesy of Irish screenwriter Danny Stack and his Scriptwriting in the UK blog, you can get £25 off the ticket price by using discount code: ScriptwritingUK.

5 Untitled Finalists

18th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

UntitledThe five short-listed projects for the UNTITLED comedy script competition were announced at the opening night of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival:

  • Rob Cawley for Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Gavin Burke for Brave New Movie
  • Ailbhe Keogan and Michael Kelly for Found
  • Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman (D.A.D.D.Y) for The Bogman King
  • Mark Cantan for The Good Kind

Selected from 348 entries the five teams have been be invited to write the opening scenes of their film over the duration of the festival and present their projects to the selection panel at an public interview chaired by Andrew Meehan (Development Executive, IFB) on Sunday 27th February 2011.

The selection panel is comprised of: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys; Cheryl Taylor, BBC’s Controller, Comedy Commissioning; Irish film director Paddy Breathanach; and comedy agent Caroline Chignell.

UNTITLED Competition

13th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

UntitledThe Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) are delighted to present UNTITLED: a unique comedy screenwriting competition where writers can win €12,000 towards the development of their film.

The competition will take place during the festival and follows 2010’s Give Me Direction comedy-themed screenwriting conference. Writers are invited to submit a one page summary for a comedy feature film by Monday January 31st. A shortlist of five entries will be announced at the opening ceremony of the festival. Each of the shortlisted writers will be invited to write the first few scenes of the script over the course of the festival. They will then take part in a public interview, presenting their screenplay to an independent panel of industry professionals. The panel will select the winning project which will be announced at the Closing Gala of the festival.

To be in with a chance of being the UNTITLED winner you must complete the following:

1. ENTRY: Submit a one-page summary of your comedy film along with a completed entry form and your CV to untitledscreenwritingcomp@gmail.com by MONDAY JANUARY 31st 2011.

2. SCRIPT: Five shortlisted projects will be announced at the opening night of the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival onTHURSDAY FEBRUARY 17th. The successful applicants will be invited to write the first scenes of the screenplay (up to 25 pages in industry standard format) by FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25th. The five shortlisted projects will be selected by IFB and JDIFF representatives along with an independent assessor.

3. INTERVIEW: The five shortlisted writers (or teams of writers) will take part in a public interview with an independent panel of industry professionals (tba) on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27th. The winner will be announced at the festival Closing Gala.

The winning project will receive a First Draft development loan of €12,000 (€16,000 for a writing team) from the IFB. The four runners-up will win a season pass to Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2012. The competition is open to writers or teams of writers.

UNTITLED is a continuation of the successful 2010 Give Me Direction comedy screenwriting conference, presented by the IFB, in partnership with JDIFF. The conference was curated by Lenny Abrahamson (Garage), Sharon Horgan (Pulling) and Pat McCabe (Breakfast on Pluto) and featured major US filmmakers Bobby Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber) and Nicole Holofcener (Please Give).

The competition is subject to terms and conditions which are outlined on the entry form which can be downloaded from the Irish Film Board website.

For more information please contact Sarah Dillon sarah.dillon@irishfilmboard.ie or Joanne O’Haganjoanneohagan@jdiff.com

The Irish Film Board is a proud sponsor and industry partner of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Newsjack Writers Wanted

24th June 2010 by Maura McHugh

Series three of topical BBC radio comedy sketch show Newsjack began broadcasting on Thursday 17th June for six weeks (until 22nd July) and they’re once again holding an open call for new material.

Newsjack seeks to comically scrutinise the news, views, and issues of the day. It aims to be irreverent and satirical, a kind of younger brother to the more “grown up” Radio 4 topical shows like The Now Show and The News Quiz.

Newsjack is a showcase for new comedy writing, so anyone can submit material.

The production team read and select material on Monday and Tuesdays. The show is then rehearsed and recorded on Wednesday, edited on Thursday, and will be broadcast on Thursday nights.

Deadline for sketches: Monday, 12:00noon

Deadline for one-liners: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To find out more and send them your work, visit the Newsjack website.