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Comedy is normally designed to make the
audience laugh and feel a certain kind of emotion
that is link to the film. Comedy are mainly
entertaining. Comedy is known to be the most
hybrid genre that is mixed with other genres e.g.
Action Comedy, Comedy horror, Fantasy comedy,
Sci-fi comedy etc. A similar film that is similar to our
short film idea is Big. And our short film is basically
the film ‘Big’ meets ‘Mr Bean’ as our short film would
hardly contain speech.
The common trend in comedy is that the
main characters mainly are ignorant and
don't know how things work.
The lead character always has some sorts of
events happening to show or emphasis his
The plot mostly always contains the main
character breaking something that he /she
tries to fix or doing something inappropriate
to another person.
Another common trend is most of time
comedies would have a moral at the end of
The characters involved in slapstick
stories would mainly consist of the
Protagonist – the person that always does
something wrong and has to correct it
and is mostly over the age of 30.
Teenager – one teenaged kid that tries to
help the protagonist with his problems.
Anti protagonist – the one who is always
effect by the protagonists actions .
Comedy often play the idea of action
and consequences. The character does
something in particular that he shouldn’t
have done and now he has to deal with
the problems that follows because of
that action. The plot is mainly like this so
that it has a moral at the end of the
story that the audience should follow.
Long shots are often used to show what the character is doing
which would be followed by:
POV to show the audience what the protagonist is thinking of
Medium shots so we can mainly focus on the protagonist facial
expression and body movement
Also when the protagonist is facing an opponent who is always
taller than the main character then high angle shots would be
used to show that the main character is inferior towards the
A signature feature of comedy is the
iconography that represents the themes
of the movie and that is the protagonists
characterisation e.g. physical
movement, speech, action etc. Also the
props that they have with them for
example Mr. Bean has his teddy
Comedies always have music playing in
the background that is non-diegetic.
Comedy uses this aspect in particular to
effect the audience and seizes this
category to make the audience laugh.
Non Diegetic music is normally played
when the protagonist is doing something
suspicious or intense, this helps make the
scene more smooth and funny.