3 Tips For Conveying Comedy In Film

August 20, 2013

Conveying Comedy In FilmAre you funny?

Whether you answer yes or no, you can be sure that it is harder to be funny in film than in everyday life. Sometimes, funny things don’t translate from the screen to the audience. In other words, writing, acting or directing humor can take a lot of work. It is a unique skill.

Some people argue that comedy cannot be learned – but at Brooks, we believe those people may just need convincing. Read our three tips for conveying comedy in film. Practice these skills and focus on developing comedy as you continue through your degree program.

Comedy starts with the script. Sitcom writer/producer Fred Rubin of Script Frenzy and comedian Kelsie Huff recommend these tips for improving your comedy writing:

Actors play an essential role in making comedy work. Though they can take classes and practice, it may be up to you to work with them on comedic acting. Consider these tips from acting coach Scott Sedita

You may not think there is a certain style of directing to increase humor. However, Shawn Levy –  the director of films such as Night at the Museum and Date Night – disagrees. Here are his tips for film students:

Considering pursuing comedy in Film? You can emphasize these tips at Brooks Institute with classes such as History of Film, Feature Screenwriting and other elective options. Talk to a Film degree program instructor or advisor today.