Film Courage: Let’s say a writer decides they would like to a romantic comedy and [the desire to write] it’s not just for the “market,” but for their own catharsis or need to tell stories. So what should they know before they even put one word down on the page about writing romantic comedies?
Pamela Jaye Smith: I think in writing romantic comedies, one of the most important things to remember is that it’s a 3-part trip. Now not necessarily 3-acts. But there are three things that need to happen. This is the genre: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back, you gotta have all that. Or it can be girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl is a boy, girl meets girl whatever. But you need to have that initial spark that we see them feeling for for each other and we go “Yeah, there’s something there” even if it’s they’re both fighting it, right? “No…wow…you’re not my type!” “Oh no, I’d never go with but you.” You know, oh yes sparks are flying and then there is that split and it looks like it’s over and then we spend quite some time watching one of them (at least) try to figure out how to get the other person back.
So it’s that struggle (if you will) to regain or to claim what you saw in that first part of the film. And then the third part is the re-engaging and seeing how that works. Now in romantic dramas the third part might not end well. It might be a tragedy and they don’t get together but even then you want to feel that you know what they have lost. Now in a romantic comedy we want them to get back together this…(Watch the rest of the video here on Youtube).
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