The Dark Art of Comedy Screenwriting with Andrew Ellard

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Galway Film Centre, in partnership with Screen Skills Ireland and Gréasán na Meán Skillnet, is delighted to announce that applications are now open for The Dark Art of Comedy Screenwriting workshop with Andrew Ellard. This three-day interactive workshop will take place virtually from the 18th – 20th January 2021 and will include  read-throughs with actors and feedback on your project from the master of comedy Andrew Ellard.

Award winning writer and one of the foremost comedy script editors working today, Andrew Ellard will host this free online workshop covering topics such as comedy storytelling for the big and small screen; developing plot led comedy; developing character led comedy; structural tips; comedic devices and getting to grip with tone – Light vs. dark.

Who Can Apply?

This workshop is aimed at writers, born or resident in Ireland, who are currently developing a comedy project, it will endorse 50:50 gender equality as well as encouraging diversity of voices and priority will be given to writers based in the West of Ireland. Writer’s track record as well as the originality and boldness of the ideas submitted will be key criteria in the selection process.

Applicants may apply as an individual or in teams (maximum of two). Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Students in full time education are not eligible. The scheme is open to ideas for a live action or animated feature film or TV series. Applicants may submit a maximum of one project for consideration. Only a limited number of places are available.

How to Apply?

Email the following information to writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie by 1pm on Friday 18th December 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • A one page synopsis of the idea. If your idea is for a TV series, then outline the narrative for the series. (PDF format);
  • A five page sample of the comedy script– NB please limit it to five pages as this will be assessed throughout the workshop (PDF Format);
  • A one page containing brief character descriptions (PDF Format);
  • A one page CV outlining relevant experience – please ensure this details information on where you are from (PDF format);
  • A personal statement of up to one page in length (PDF format).

More about Andrew Ellard

A prize-winning writer as well as perhaps British comedy’s foremost script editor. Andrew has worked on The Detectorists, The IT Crowd, Red Dwarf, Chewing Gum, Miranda, Count Arthur Strong, Cardinal Burns, and consulted on projects for Julia Davis, Vic & Bob, Peter Serafinowicz and Jonathan Harvey.  In addition to his writing and editing projects, Andrew is currently working as comedy development executive for Expectation Entertainment. Andrew recently developed Outsiders as a series of Channel 4 Blaps for Citrus Television and is currently working on a children’s sci-fi comedy series for the BBC. He is currently script editing projects for Sky, BBC, Hat Trick Productions and has worked with Irish talent including Conor McMahon and the Hardy Bucks.