Comedy Filmmaking: Make Your Low-Budget Videos 100% Funnier | Amber Schaefer | Skillshare

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Amber Schaefer, Director, Writer, Actor

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11 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is Comedy?

    • 3. The Story

    • 4. Writing

    • 5. Revising

    • 6. Casting

    • 7. The Look

    • 8. Cinematography

    • 9. Production

    • 10. Editing

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

What makes something funny? Pull back the curtain on the mysteries of comedy and make your next video 100% funnier!*

Join award-winning comedy director Amber Schaefer for an inside look at creating funny content at any budget. Drawing on her experience as an actor-writer-producer, Amber shares a fun, flexible framework for enhancing comedy in every step of your process, from writing and casting to cinematography and editing. 

Just like any other creative practice, comedy can be learned. Follow along to discover the best practices and tools you need to make your next TikTok, sketch, or short film that much funnier!

Key lessons cover:

  • The fundamentals of joke structure and script writing
  • Using visual storytelling to help you get weirder faster
  • Assembling your cast and crew without breaking the bank
  • Trusting your gut and connecting with your audience

Plus, Amber shares the stories, mistakes, and synchronicities behind her own wonderfully wacky short films and commercials, along with her favorite movies and TV shows.

Whether you’re writing your first film, planning a web series, or just trying to win at Instagram stories, Amber’s smart and entertaining class will help you achieve wildly watchable results. Most importantly, by the end you’ll have a clear sense of what you find funny and why—and really, that’s what it's all about!


This class is designed for anyone who creates videos for the internet (social media and YouTube count). If you’re a movie buff who wants a better understanding of how your favorite comedies work, you’ll also learn a lot. We recommend taking notes, so grab something to write with.

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