As well as having compositional problems, Alec also suggested that we needed to make the timing snappier and that we should have a look at Edgar Wright for some inspiration for creating comedy. I found this video from the ‘Every Frame a Painting’ (Tony Zhou’s) YouTube channel: Edgar Wright – How to Do Visual Comedy and it contains lots of points that we could consider.
- Find humour in places that other people don’t look e.g. a character moving from point a to point b.
- How can you creatively foreshadow an important/disastrous event that will happen later?
- How can you creatively show how one character feels about another/reacts to another?
- How can you take simple mundane scenes and find new ways to do them? Consider how a laugh can come from the staging alone. Things popping into and out of frame unexpectedly can create a laugh. A laugh can be created from zooming, a crane up and panning – all camera moves that can reveal something unexpected about the character’s situation or create comedic drama.
- “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s not in the frame.” – Martin Scorsese
These are 8 things that filmmakers should try out to create visual comedy:
- Things entering the frame in funny ways.
- People leaving the frame in funny ways.
- There and back again – a character moving to direct your eyes to a situation and then returning to the original state.
- Matching scene transitions.
- The perfectly timed sound effect.
- Action sychronised to the music
- Super dramatic lighting cues.
- Fence gags
- bonus: Imaginary gun fights