Seemingly simple when it's done well, romantic comedy is actually one of the most challenging genres, especially in terms of satisfying a contemporary audience. This course looks at the conventional form, how it's changed from the screwball era to the present, and analyzes recent successes (Knocked Up, Crazy Stupid Love) as well as a few modern-day classics (Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally...) to find out what still works and what doesn't. What does today's rom-com audience want? How can your project make the most of the genre's conventions, while adding an extra level of substance that will attract interest from the industry? While exploring techniques and devices specific to the form, students develop their original idea, complete an outline, and begin a first (or revised) draft.
Prerequisite: X 440A Writing the First Screenplay I and X 440B Writing the First Screenplay II or equivalent.
Course may be taken as a certificate program elective.
Enrollment limited to 16 students. Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
UCLA: 152 Royce Hall
April 8 - June 3
UCLA: 190 Royce Hall
June 10 - 17
10 meetings total
(no mtg 5/27)
No refund after Apr 15.