British Comedy Guide

Good Article about the perils of formulaic structure

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gappy

  • Tuesday 20th July 2021, 7:57pm
  • Oxford, England
  • 2,231 posts

Good article, thanks, Lazzard.

I've never heard of the guy or their book, but I recognise the cat-salvation technique.

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Lazzard

  • Tuesday 20th July 2021, 8:00pm
  • Ludlow, England
  • 5,442 posts

I hate it - the trouble is SO many commissioning-types know it backwards (along with a couple of other old favourites).
You need to know the language just so you can defend your writing.

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Feeoree

  • Tuesday 20th July 2021, 8:32pm
  • Basildon, England
  • 636 posts

Genuine snort at "Snyder evidently believes that all movie audiences are intellectually challenged bumpkins who sit in theatres scratching their heads and get confused over which hole the popcorn goes in".

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Thursday 22nd July 2021, 9:06am
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 6,057 posts

I never bother with these things cos I'm gonna keep writing the same shit anyway.

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Lazzard

  • Thursday 22nd July 2021, 11:06am
  • Ludlow, England
  • 5,442 posts
Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 22nd July 2021, 9:06 AM

I never bother with these things cos I'm gonna keep writing the same shit anyway.

This book would make your shit shittier.

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gappy

  • Friday 23rd July 2021, 10:52am
  • Oxford, England
  • 2,231 posts
Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 22nd July 2021, 9:06 AM

I never bother with these things cos I'm gonna keep writing the same shit anyway.

My ethos is, if I'm going to write shit, I'll write my own shit, not somebody else's :)

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beaky

  • Friday 23rd July 2021, 2:34pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,814 posts

Loads of Hollywood action films start with the hero foiling a robbery in a convenience store, same idea.

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Saturday 24th July 2021, 12:11am [Edited]
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 6,057 posts

Loads of American sitcoms start with the theme tune and an external shot. Hack.

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Tiggy

  • Sunday 25th July 2021, 8:11pm [Edited]
  • Reading, England
  • 209 posts

I've now decided that if I ever write a film script the main character will accidentally kill a cat in the first 5 minutes.