Trading Places... Writing Comedy Features

Room: Tuke Hall
Time: Friday 10.45am

028 - (T)

with Timothy Harris
moderated by Karol Griffiths

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British Screenwriter Timothy Harris wrote some of the most enduring comedies of the 80s: Kindergarten Cop, Twins and the Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd Trading Places.

What was it about his writing that attracted some of the biggest movie stars of a generation? How have these films survived despite the notoriously NON-evergreen nature of comedy?

In this session, referencing clips from these films and more, Timothy will provide an in-depth analysis of comedy in film that still holds up decades later. Additionally he will discuss:

  • His process for “finding the funny.”
  • Working with and writing for comedy legends.
  • The state of comedy today, and how it has changed over the last 30 years.
  • Where comedy is headed next.

Figuring out what makes audiences laugh is a constant struggle for writers and filmmakers alike. Access to a comedy mind like Harris is a fantastic opportunity to get ahead of the curve for delegates.

Appearing in this session

Karol Griffiths

Karol Griffiths – Script Editor, Supervisor

Credits include How I Met Your Mother, Friends; author of The Art of Script Editing

Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor, best-selling author and development consultant with over twenty years' experience in film and TV.
Karol Griffiths
Timothy Harris

Timothy Harris – Screenwriter

Credits include: Trading Places, Twins

Timothy is a BAFTA nominated Screenwriter, Author and Producer.
Timothy Harris