My Safe & Easy Writing Class

In this comprehensive course, Gunnar will walk you through the steps of creating a series that highlights your comedic voice. He will also ensure your pilot is suitably structured for network and streaming broadcast. Multi-camera shows are not written the same as single-camera shows. Gunnar is one of the few writing coaches in Hollywood who can explain the difference and help guide you in both formats. New writers and experienced writers will benefit from Gunnar’s vast knowledge of TV comedy.

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For Actors, Writers Or Anyone

You do not need an idea or a pitch to take the class. Conversely, if you have an idea you want to get onto the page, Gunnar will help you develop it to professional industry standards. My Safe & Easy Writing Class covers the basics of writing like scene structure, story, relationship development and how to create general humor and laugh out loud funny jokes.

Gunnar has a deep knowledge of the history of television comedy. He understands exactly why sitcoms work and when they don’t, he can articulate why they don’t. You’ll also learn about core family dynamics, how to use status to create conflict and how dysfunction enables sitcoms to function. Most ideas have value. Not all ideas lend themselves to series TV. Gunnar knows the difference. He’ll teach you clearly how to design a show without first-time writer mistakes.

Content Creators Control Their Own Destiny

You will receive sample scripts for formatting examples in My Safe & Easy Writing Class. ACS has access to all of the comedy pilots that are developed each year. Gunnar has written many himself and has read hundreds. He is the author of The Funniest Scenes in the World, Volume 1, and The Funniest Scenes in the World, Volume 2 – original TV scenes for actors to practice, workshop and shoot reel footage! His books are part of the Sitcom curriculum he created for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He is the Head Writer for both seasons of MiniComs, shot live in front of a studio audience. The Laughter is Real! He’s also a Contributing Expert to Backstage Magazine and coaches writers privately.

What you’ll learn at a glance:

➥  The vital differences between writing multi-cam and single camera shows

➥  How to generate story and design the world of the show

➥  Rich character development utilizing The Heroes & Heroines of Comedy

➥  How a pilot differs from a typical episode

➥  The top mistakes that kill a pilot’s chance of getting made

And much more. Gunnar provides a supportive, nurturing environment for all creatives 🙂

Days & Times

Saturdays from 12 – 3 pm for eight consecutive weeks

Saturday, September 29 through November 17

What You'll Need

A laptop computer with Final Draft writing software installed is encouraged, although not required. You will be writing in class as well as outside of class! Familiarity with Final Draft is also not required. It’s easy enough to learn as we go, but it is worth noting that Final Draft is the industry standard script writing software.

Other script formatting software options are Celtx, Fade In, etc.

Sample scripts will be provided for reference.

Enroll

$480 for eight weeks including sample scripts and worksheets

$200 secures your spot in the class

$280 due on your first class

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FAQ's

Is there a prerequisite for this class?

No. This class is for writers, actors or anyone. New writers will learn the right way to design a show. Experienced writers will also benefit from Gunnar’s lifetime of writing, producing, performing, teaching and directing comedy.

 

What is the class size?

Class is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

 

What if I miss a class?

There are no make ups but Gunnar will audio record the class on request if you can’t make it. Private appointments are available with Gunnar at an additional cost if needed.

 

Can I check out the class before signing up?

In order to maintain class integrity, we do not allow auditing. If you would like to meet with one of our instructors for a brief, in-person meeting to ask questions and see our studio in person, you can email us at info@actorscomedystduio.com.

 

Do you offer payment plans?

You can place a deposit of 50% to hold your spot in class at any time, but full payment is required before beginning. Your spot in the course is not secure until full payment is received.

 

I have zero experience. Will I be okay?

Yes! Our program is built to accommodate writers learning from scratch and experienced writers who want our specialized training in television comedy.

 

Where can I park?

Actors Comedy Studio is conveniently located in the heart of Los Angeles. Metered parking is available on Beverly Blvd. and additional plentiful parking is available in the safe and well-lit surrounding neighborhood.

We’re within walking distance of The Grove, Pan Pacific Park, CBS Studios, Erewhon Natural Foods Market, The U.S. Post Office, Urban Pet, Blick Art Supplies and a multitude of restaurants like Shaky Alibi, Terroni, Milk and El Coyote.

Because Actors Comedy Studio is also a social place, it was important for us to find a location that enables our students, faculty and friends to gather and network before and after class.

 

Beverly Blvd.

2 hour Metered Parking until 8 pm. After 8 pm, you can remain parked at metered spaces throughout the evening.

Vista and Gardner (Side Streets)

2 hour parking until 6 pm. Permit parking only thereafter.

Oakwood (1 block north of Beverly Blvd.)

Some sections are available except for 2 hour street cleaning restrictions during the day. Some sections are 2 hour parking only during the day and permit parking only after 6pm.

Rosewood (2 blocks north of Beverly Blvd.)

Some sections are available except for 2 hour street cleaning restrictions during the day. Some sections are 2 hour parking only during the day and permit parking only after 6pm.

There is no actor parking available in the lot behind the building.

 

How do I sign up for a course?

For Acting for Sitcoms 1, you can register online and pay for the course using a credit card or debit card. You can also register and pay in person with credit card, debit card, cash, or check.

 

How often does My Safe & Easy Writing Class meet?

Once a week for eight consecutive weeks.

 

I still have questions, is there someone I can talk to?

Yes! You can email info@actorscomedystudio.com or call us at 323-302-9152.