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My Safe & Easy Writing Class

at Actors Comedy Studio - Fairfax

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Fairfax, Westside
7461 Beverly Blvd Ste 202
Btwn N Vista & N Gardner Streets
Los Angeles, California 90036
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 14

What you'll learn in this tv writing class:

In this comprehensive course, Gunnar will walk you through the steps of creating a series that highlights your comedic voice. He will also ensure your pilot is suitably structured for network and streaming broadcast. Multi-camera shows are not written the same as single-camera shows. Gunnar is one of the few writing coaches in Hollywood who can explain the difference and help guide you in both formats. New writers and experienced writers will benefit from Gunnar’s vast knowledge of TV comedy.

For Actors, Writers Or Anyone

You do not need an idea or a pitch to take the class. Conversely, if you have an idea you want to get onto the page, Gunnar will help you develop it to professional industry standards. My Safe & Easy Writing Class covers the basics of writing like scene structure, story, relationship development and how to create general humor and laugh out loud funny jokes.

Gunnar has a deep knowledge of the history of television comedy. He understands exactly why sitcoms work and when they don’t, he can articulate why they don’t. You’ll also learn about core family dynamics, how to use status to create conflict and how dysfunction enables sitcoms to function. Most ideas have value. Not all ideas lend themselves to series TV. Gunnar knows the difference. He’ll teach you clearly how to design a show without first-time writer mistakes.

Content Creators Control Their Own Destiny

You will receive sample scripts for formatting examples in My Safe & Easy Writing Class. ACS has access to all of the comedy pilots that are developed each year. Gunnar has written many himself and has read hundreds. He is the author of The Funniest Scenes in the World, Volume 1, and The Funniest Scenes in the World, Volume 2 – original TV scenes for actors to practice, workshop and shoot reel footage! His books are part of the Sitcom curriculum he created for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He is the Head Writer for both seasons of MiniComs™, shot live in front of a studio audience. The Laughter is Real! He’s also a Contributing Expert to Backstage Magazine and coaches writers privately.

What you’ll learn at a glance:
  • The vital differences between writing multi-cam and single camera shows
  • How to generate story and design the world of the show
  • Rich character development utilizing The Heroes & Heroines of Comedy
  • How a pilot differs from a typical episode
  • The top mistakes that kill a pilot’s chance of getting made
And much more. Gunnar provides a supportive, nurturing environment for all creatives.

What You'll Need: A laptop computer with Final Draft writing software installed is encouraged, although not required. You will be writing in class as well as outside of class! Familiarity with Final Draft is also not required. It's easy enough to learn as we go, but it is worth noting that Final Draft is the industry standard script writing software.

Other script formatting software options are Celtx, Fade In, etc.

Sample scripts will be provided for reference.

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Refund Policy
We do not offer refunds. If there are circumstances that prevent students from attending class, we will gladly apply payment to the next session of the course they purchased.

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