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Writing the comedy movie / Marc Blake.

Blake, Marc, (author.).
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Subject: Comedy films > Authorship.
Screenwriters > Interviews.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781628925920
  • ISBN: 1628925922
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (ix, 261 pages)
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Writing the comedy script -- Comedy -- Premise and character -- Plotting and comic scenes -- Performative comedy -- Narrative comedy -- Comedy about sex -- Mocking society: parody, mockumentary and satire -- Dark comedy and farce -- Sketch comedy and television -- Action and animated comedy -- Double acts: buddy movies, bormance and the road -- Christmas comedy -- Sports comedy -- Military comedy -- Prison comedies -- Crime, caper, mob and heist movies -- Transgresssion -- Women in comedy -- Comedy subgenres -- Worldwide comedy -- Conclusion -- Appendix One -- Appendix Two -- Filmography -- Works Cited -- Index.
Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
"A practical guide to creating the comedy movie, referencing its subgenres, history, and tropes, along with exclusive interviews with craft practitioners"-- Provided by publisher.
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