Saturday, January 22, 2011
Writing a Modern Family Episode: Part III hopefully getting it right.
Okay, we have reached the final part of "writing a Modern Family episode".
Instead of revealing the story, I'm asking you to think about three things:
1. What is the funniest thing that could happen if Cameron and Mitchell took Lily for a baby swim?
2. What is likely the funniest thing that includes Jay, Gloria and bikes?
3. What is the funniest and the most dramatic story that would involve Phil as Homer Simpson and his high school buddy as Barney Gumble?
And how could one tie these story arcs together in the end?
So, I thought about Cam as Fizbo the clown.
I thought about Tandem bikes.
I thought about Phil actually showing character.
I thought about Freaky Friday.
I thought about Mr. Bean.
I asked myself what David E. Kelley would do.
I tried to remind myself that life's a laugh and death's a joke.
I read John F. Kennedy's quote about how laughter is the only part of God that we can ever try to understand.
I thought that writing a script really can't be that hard.
I wrote it in three days.