The Art of Comedy Feature Filmmaking

This one-day intensive overview will dive into the process of comedy feature filmmaking from concept to completion, from the perspective of both the writer and the director, to get you inspired and focused on making your first - or next - comedy feature.

On the writing side, this course will cover: what makes an idea best suited to a comedy feature format, understanding high-concept versus low-concept, comedy subgenres, tone, what makes a character comedic, structuring your story and incorporating set pieces that organically reflect your movie's central idea, writing for a low budget reality, incorporating comedy writing tools in your scene work, finding the game of the scene, improving your dialogue and punching up your jokes in a multi-rewrite process.

On the directing side, we will go over: casting and workshopping the script, working with the writer at the production stage, examples of pro comedy director processes on set, directing comedy performances, incorporating on-camera improvisation, comedic visual storytelling and working with your editor.

All participants will have access to a collection of multiple feature film scripts in a range of comedy genres for study purposes.

This is the first time this course is being taught, so it is being offered at a special rate of $100.

Location:Comedy Bar Mainspace - 945 Bloor Street West (downstairs) – west of Ossington

Date:Saturday, September 28, 2019

Time:10am to 6pm

Instructor: Daniela Saioni


SCREENWRITING 101 with Anne Feen


Want to write for TV or create your own web series? This four week workshop covers the basics of comedy writing for TV and the web. Topics include: original pilots, spec scripts, creating strong comic characters, episode structure, plots, outlines and formatting. Learn how the Canadian TV industry works (producers, broadcasters, agents, Writers Guild, infrastructure, funding systems, pitching and breaking in).

You don't need to have started working on a project to register for the class, however students with projects to share can also get valuable feedback on their work. A great workshop if you’re at the beginning of your TV/web career!


Saturday July 6th 12:30-3:30pm

Saturday July 13th 12:30-3:30pm

Saturday July 20th 12:30-3:30pm

***SUNDAY July 28th 4-7pm***

Cost: $250 (includes HST; payment can be made by eTransfer)

Instructor: Anne Fenn

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"Take Anne's class! It's an incredibly valuable, well-structured, practical, and illuminating entry to television writing that demystifies the process and gives you the tools to write what you want. She breaks things down clearly and in an incredibly interesting way, and has industry knowledge to answer any question you might have. Best of all, it's a damn fun class."
- Grace O'Connell

"Anne Fenn is a wonderful teacher... She's warm, intelligent, focused, and attentive - I learned a lot from her."
- Ashley Botting

"Anne is an engaging, experienced instructor with boundless enthusiasm for the craft of comic story-telling. She has all her own teeth and is even occasionally funny."
- John Whitcher

"Anne Fenn, story editor: the most fun I've ever had while being told my script sucks. Just kidding. Anne story edited my half-hour original pilot called on 100 Blackouts. Her thoughtful notes were incredible and the rewrite was like night and day. Along with making the top 10 at Final Draft, it ended up winning the Telefilm New Voices Award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, and won Bronze at Page International Screenplay Awards. I'm grateful to have had such an amazing teacher."
- Vivian Lin, screenwriter/producer



DANIELA SAIONI is a comedy writer and performer whose stand-up developed at her long-running West End Girls monthly live show at Comedy Bar and was featured on CBC's Laugh Out Loud to over 1 million listeners. Her raucous female ensemble comedy screenplay The WBI, co-written with Annie Bradley, received the 2014 Best Reserve Screenplay Award at the Female Eye Film Festival and was named CFF Harold Greenberg Fund's Top Ten in 2016. Her directorial debut mockumentary short, First Person Plural: Copy Cat, aired on The Comedy Network and premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival. She also co-created the pilot and series proof of concept Ir-Reverend/i> with Annie Bradley, starring Nikki Payne, and her new magic realism dramedy feature script Jiyan is based on a story by filmmaker Mazdak Taebi. In her other life on the front lines of film sets as a world-class script supervisor, Daniela has been lucky enough to crawl around inside the comedy brains of directors like Rodman Flender, Greg Daniels and Paul Feig. Her script supervision achievements include the notorious comedy features My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Three to Tango, Shazam! and the upcoming Netflix teen dance movie, Work It. She has been training comics and improvisers in the art of original sitcom writing since 2012 through her From Schtick to Script intensive program, where multiple alumni went on to get staffed in Canada's writing rooms. She trains directors in the art of visual storytelling through her Am I Covered? program and has been the script supervision mentor for the CFC director and producer residents since 2010. Suffice it to say, she has a thing or two to say about comedy filmmaking from multiple informed perspectives.


Anne is a writer/story editor, teacher and TV development executive. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Canadian Film Centre, Anne has over 20 years' experience writing comedy for film, TV, radio, stage and print and has extensive experience as a development executive (Back Alley Films, Amaze Film & Television, CTV). She loves teaching and just completed her ninth year of teaching Sitcom Writing at Humber College's Comedy Writing & Performance program. Anne's diverse experience also includes stand-up comedy, satirical songs for CBC Radio, and most recently, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from King's College/Dalhousie (2018).