Black comedy and the principles of screenwriting: the actions

Maxwell, N 2008, Black comedy and the principles of screenwriting: the actions, Masters by Research, Media and Communication, RMIT University.


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Title Black comedy and the principles of screenwriting: the actions
Author(s) Maxwell, N
Year 2008
Abstract This exegesis will aim to research and analyse the conventions of writing a black comedy in a feature film script. As a screenwriter with a particular interest in black comedy, my aim is to explore the technical structures of black comedy in order to facilitate the writing of a tragicomic screenplay. We will attempt to define the components of black comedy and survey its origin in theatre and literature.

The exegesis will aim to explore what components comprise the middle ground between drama and humour and position it in relation to the classical genres of tragedy and comedy.

The exegesis will also aim to examine the function of black comedy in relation to the psychology of the protagonist and the audience, as well as defining the characteristics of the genre in the context of Screenwriting. The exegesis will observe the film adaptation of the renowned play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as a case study. The research will inform the writing of the feature length screenplay entitled The Actions.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Keyword(s) Comedy
Motion picture plays
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