Examples of Comedic Fixed Attitude

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Examples of Comedic Fixed Attitude

Postby Geoff1975 » Feb 22, 2013 8:37 am

The guide enclosed with Dramatica lays out a nice way of regarding genre. My story is a comedy, so I'm experimenting with how to make all four throughlines be characterized in a comedic way. Situation is in the form of a sitcom (i.e. being stuck in a worldly situation being funny). Physical comedy is pretty easy. What about Fixed Attitude/Mind comedy? Can anyone think of examples of this, particularly in widely released movies?

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Re: Examples of Comedic Fixed Attitude

Postby RoboButler » Feb 23, 2013 2:00 am

How about Dan Ackroyd's character in Dragnet? Or Steve Martin's in Planes, Trains and Automobiles? Or Dan Ackroyd's in Trading Places? Or Bill Murray in Groundhog's Day?

I'm still new to the theory, but I think each of these characters represent a fixed attitude.

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Re: Examples of Comedic Fixed Attitude

Postby Chris Huntley » Feb 24, 2013 1:15 pm

First off you should specify which throughline is in Fixed Attitude. Here are some examples I found using the Filter Storyforms feature of Dramatica.com: http://dramatica.com/analysis/

OS:
"Philadelphia Story"
"When Harry Met Sally"
"Barefoot in the Park"
"In Bruges"
"Young Frankenstein"
"The House of Yes"

MC:
"Being There"
"Bringing Up Baby"
"Four Weddings and a Funeral"
"Harold and Maude"
"Amalie"
"City Slickers"
"Desk Set"
"Ghostbusters"
"Harvey"
"Monsters Inc."
"My Best Friend's Wedding"
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
"Notting Hill"
"The Bucket List"

...etc.
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Re: Examples of Comedic Fixed Attitude

Postby Geoff1975 » Feb 24, 2013 9:39 pm

Thanks for that list, Chris. That is a useful link.

My IC is a steadfast character in Fixed Attitude. The comedic side of Ben Kenobi? Actually, Tootsie might be worth checking out again.


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