The Comic Villain Principle

The flipside to the hope principle relates to antagonists and is comprised of the following elements: a villain is impeded by a minor obstacle. He overreacts and is doubly punished as a result. The no-hoper principle complies with the law of inverse significance: comic characters attribute vast importance to trivial things, and treat important things…

How to Make Your Comedy Believable – Part 2

Continuing from ‘How to make Your Comedy Believable – Part 1’ Drama faces a demanding imperative – it must mimic reality so the audience can suspend their disbelief. A dramatic film, for example, works best for its audience when they can submerge themselves into its world and experience the events and characters’ choices so they…