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Comedy About Sex

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Teen comedy Gregory’s Girl. 10 Things I Hate About You. Pretty In Pink. Weird Science. The Sure Thing. Clueless. Mean Girls. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Breakfast Club. Animal House. Porky’s. Beach Blanket Bingo. Fast Times at Ridgemont...

Act Structure

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...We’re born; we live; we die.How’s that for a THREE-ACT STRUCTURE? I really don’t want to be a pedant, but this isn’t a dramatic structure at all. Birth and death are relatively short, even in their most protracted forms. What...

Action

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Guess what the director shouts at the start of every take? I’ll give you a clue: it ain’t ‘Talk!’ Whoever heard of Talkies!?You SLUG the guy.You KISS the dame.You TOTAL the car.That’s movies. A similar order of events unfolded...

Call To Action

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Joseph Campbell, the famous mythologist and soup heir, coined the phrase CALL TO ACTION. It describes the moment in a narrative when the HERO is ‘called’ to start the adventure. In ancient times, this might be conveyed via a unicorn...

Action and Animated Comedy

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Action Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Beverly Hills Cop. Smokey and the Bandit. 48 Hrs. The Blues Brothers. Bad Boys. Night at the Museum. 21 Jump Street. How To Train Your Dragon. Kick Ass. Hot Fuzz. The Heat. Charlie’s Angels. Spy Kids. Kung Fu...

Actors, Having More Than One Asian One

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Will there ever be a Hollywood film starring more than one Asian person?Maybe if every non-Asian actor dies. And if the cost of revivifying those dead non-Asian actors is prohibitive.Some people are gonna cry ‘racism’. Well, cry me a river...

Actors, Amateur

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Every so often an ‘auteur’ will use AMATEUR ACTORS in a film. They’d have you believe it makes things more ‘authentic’.Italian neo-realism was one such nadir. Suddenly, every fisherman with sad eyes was thumbing a ride to Casting Centrale....

Double Acts: Buddy Movies, Bromance and the Road

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Comedy teams grew out of burlesque and vaudeville. In 1910, Hank and Lank (Victor Potel and Augustus Carney) were a big success and produced a new short almost each week, matched in popularity only by Mutt and Jeff, a pair of animated...

ADR

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...ADR stands for AUTOMATED DIALOGUE RECORDING. It refers to the process by which a filmmaker may re-record lines of dialogue after shooting is complete. ‘Looping’ is used to make lines clearer, or to change the nature of the lines altogether,...

Secret Agents

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...In McG’s 2014 brain-tumor dramedy 3 Days to Kill, Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) has kept his highly dangerous work in government ops a secret his whole life. His service to his country has cost him his marriage and estranged him from his...