Blogs tagged "comedy"

July 2019

CMC 2019: Report – Creative Keynote: Horrible Histories The Movie

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2019 11:07am by Helen Dugdale

Changemaker singer/songwriter Sapphire introduced tonight’s keynote session with a breathtaking rendition of 'Shallow (A Star is Born)' before an impassioned plea to the audience concerning the struggles teenagers are facing when it comes to mental health issues. Her rally for change in content moderation focused in on social platform Instagram - a platform where, she argued, young people can readily access inappropriate content in contrast to the existing standards in the film and television industries. Takeaway: Quintessential British humour - in the great tradition of sketch comedy. The books aren’t about history - they’re about people. People make the comedy. Write for adults and children (just leave out the swearing). Detail: The keynote was an entertaining dive into the hilarious…

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July 2018

CMC 2018: Report – The Art of Laughter & The Art of Meaning Making

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2018 7:16pm by Chris Colman

This one-hour session was broken down in to two distinct halves. Part One: The Art of Laughter Writer, comedian and children’s performer Howard Read spent the opening minutes making jokes and playing games to elicit laughter from the audience, in order to later analyse why his efforts did or didn’t succeed. Professor Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at University College London then took to the lectern to discuss the (surprisingly little) research in to laughter and its meaning to humans. Ask an adult about laughter and they will tend to think of jokes, but Scott says it is in fact fundamentally about communication and a social activity. We are thirteen times more likely to laugh if we are with people.  In…

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July 2017

CMC 2017: Report – Look! No Strings

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:08pm by Gabrielle Smith

Puppets are brought to life for television, theatre and film by the talented puppeteers that operate them. Thinking about puppetry as a skilled and diverse art, this panel explores the magic and illusion of puppets and performance Takeaway: Puppets have the ability to animate and engage their audience, and are allowed to get away with things that a human just couldn’t! Performance skills are essential: a puppeteer must sing, act, dance, move… and then make it live! The craft of the puppeteer is often a self-directing role Detail: As puppeteer and puppet maker Neil Sterenberg begins: "Puppets are perennially loved, they hold a special place in our culture and have been around since we’ve been around." With an array of…

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