Directing The Comedy Film
Course Dates: 13-14 June 2018
Course Tutor: Col Spector
“Dying is easy; comedy is hard.”
Comedy is a serious business. It’s easy to get it wrong and hard to get it right. As Ricky Gervais once said about the state of comedy filmmaking in the UK, “We have a good TV comedy track record but it doesn’t usually translate to the big screen.”
This seminar based course is for anyone who wants to direct comedy shorts or features. It aims to reveal the crucial steps to making distinctive comedy films that will connect with an audience.
If you have a script or outline for a short or a feature you are invited to bring these along to work on.
This course covers
Day One looks at the first things you need to do as a director; working on the script, finding the theme of your film (and subtext of your scenes), discovering who your characters are, and knowing what sort of film you are making.
Day Two looks at the final stages for you as a director; from casting, to rehearsing, to planning the shoot, to deciding the shots, to editing.
Subjects covered include:
- Writing your logline
- What do you have to say as a director?
- The difficulty of writing a comedy script
- The difficulty of reading a comedy script
- Directing the romantic comedy
- Casting your film
- The difficulty of finding a great leading comedy actor
- To storyboard or not to storyboard?
- Finding your appropriate visual style
This course is led by Col Spector, an award-winning documentary and feature film director whose credits include 'Honeymooner' (launched at the Edinburgh Film Festival) and 'Someone Else' , the Variety Critics Choice at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, widely released in the UK and USA through IFC Films and the Sundance Channel. He wrote and directed the comedy short, 'New Year's Eve' (starring Stephen Mangan & Keira Knightley) which won several prizes including Best British Short at the UK’s largest short film festival. He is currently developing his latest comedy feature, 'I'm Not in Love'.
Comments from last course include:
“Tutor was enthusiastic & engaging”
“Really practical & inspiring!”
“Amazing course – thanks so much”
“Left full of enthusiasm”
Number of places: 12
Duration: 2 days
Freelance Rate: £335
Corporate Rate: £675
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