Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

Billy Mernit (The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen)

Danielle Krage interviews Billy Mernit - screenwriter, novelist and author of Writing The Romantic Comedy: The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen. Billy has served as a story analyst and script consultant at Universal Pictures, an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, and has published some 20 romance novels under a female pen name. In this conversation, he shares really practical ways of approaching writing romantic comedy, including in today’s landscape of mixing genres.



00:00 Introduction and Background

01:00 Love for Rom-Coms

02:25 The Triangle and the Ensemble

07:43 Favourite Rom-Coms

13:16 The Importance of World

17:48 The Connection Between Image and Theme

25:36 Mixing Genres in Rom-Coms

31:06 Rom-Coms in Series Format

34:07 Personal Development as a Writer

37:14 Music and Writing

10:15 The Importance of Characters in Romantic Comedies

20:30 The Role of Conflict in Romantic Comedies

30:45 The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories

39:41 Recommendation and Conclusion


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