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Dramedy is a compelling genre to write because many argue it best captures the realities of life. There are comedic moments in some of the most tragic of times and dramatic moments that give way to levity. During the webcast, we examine some of the most critically and commercially successful dramedies - including "FLEABAG", PARENTHOOD (1989), THE BIG SICK, and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK to understand why they work so well. We also discuss ways in which you can develop your characters and narratives so that your dramedy is as authentic as possible. Full Bio »
Dramedy is a compelling genre to write because many argue it best captures the realities of life. There are comedic moments in some of the most tragic of times and dramatic moments that give way to levity.
During the webcast, we examine some of the most critically and commercially successful dramedies - including "FLEABAG", PARENTHOOD (1989), THE BIG SICK, and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK to understand why they work so well. We also discuss ways in which you can develop your characters and narratives so that your dramedy is as authentic as possible.
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"Incredibly helpful! Thank you so much, Jason!" - Suzanne L.
"Thanks, Jason, for answering this question and giving great examples and advice on writing dramedy! I need to watch this webinar again to get all the tips you gave!" - Martha C.
"I love that difference between the WANT (intention) and NEED (how they compromise or change in the end) - great way to distinguish that, Jason, thank you!" - Kay R.
"Great choice of clips as usual, Jason." - Stephen P.
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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Breakdown Webcast: The First 10 Pages! The first 10 pages - or the opening sequence of the script - is so important and a good "First 10" will establish the tone and genre, introduce the main character, clarify the world of the story and the status quo, indicate the theme, and above all set up the dramatic question. That is why we will be breaking down some of the most memorable scenes and sequences found with the first 10 pages of our favorite film and TV series. We will also explore 7 types of openings and how they can launch your narrative - without falling into the trap of being cliche or derivative. As part of the webcast, you can download the complete scripts we discuss by clicking here. Once you have wrapped up the webcast, make sure to head on over to the Private Writers' Room Lounge to discuss your favorite opening scenes from film and television. And let us know why!
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