Thursday, November 10, 2011
Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is launching this year's Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab with two public masterclasses with Comedy Creators David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) and Mike White (School of Rock, Nacho Libre). The Master Classes take place on November 15 and 16 at TIFF Bell Lightbox and are free for anyone to attend.
The Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab is run by the CFC in conjunction with Telefilm Canada and the Juste pour rire (Just For Laughs) comedy festival.
David Frankel is a writer, director and producer who won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1996 for Dear Diary and an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the pilot episode of Entourage (2004). Mike White also produces and directs but is primarily an actor and screenwriter. He received an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award in 2000 for writing Chuck & Buck, and won Best Screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards for The Good Girl in 2003.
The events are free but you must RSVP for whichever dates you wish to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Back-to-Back Nights with Comedy Filmmakers
As part of this year's Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, Telefilm Canada, CFC and Just For Laughs present two FREE Nights of Masterclasses with top Comedy Creators David Frankel (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, MARLEY & ME, THE BIG YEAR) and Mike White (NACHO LIBRE, SCHOOL OF ROCK, ORANGE COUNTY).
On Tuesday, November 15, join host Richard Crouse in conversation with director/producer David Frankel as they discuss his approach to directing and producing successful feature comedies. This is a candid and in depth look at David's filmmaking process on a number of different movies, what attracts him to a project, his casting process and how he works with top tier actors. They will also discuss the challenges of physical comedy, tackling adaptations of popular novels, managing audience expectations and ultimately what David thinks makes a comedy successful.
On Wednesday, November 16, join host Richard Crouse in conversation with Writer/Actor/Producer Mike White as they discuss his process for crafting great and original feature comedies. This is an entertaining and insightful look at Mike's body of work, his creative process and his relationships with key collaborators. He will talk about the challenges of approaching a film as both a writer and actor, working in different mediums and styles of comedy, as well as his personal relationship to comedy and key touchstones. Mike will share his thoughts on working within the independent and studio systems and where he thinks the future of comedy is heading.
Both events will take place at 7:00 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1 (350 King Street West, Toronto). Doors open at 6:30.
These free public Masterclasses will launch a new session of the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, a CFC Film program presented in collaboration with Just For Laughs, which seeks to advance the comedy genre in Canada and generate feature film comedies that achieve commercial and critical success.