June 30, 2016 at 4:26AM, Edited June 30, 4:29AM


Any recommendation, suggestion, wisdom, anything about suicide?

I am working in a dark comedy feature length script, or that's what I think. To get the idea about the scene design, even the plot design, even the characters design... is a hard task :( I've decided to write it for my graduation paper so I can't back off (and because I don't really want to back off). I hardly know the topics so it is like a serious gamble here. Let me find my own story, but do help me, stimulate the inspiration out of (or into) me. I only have two months to sink my feet and this is the first time I write a feature length.

There are two keywords : suicide and dark comedy. Regardless, everyone can talk about anything, your experiences, moments near to death, friends, family, cats. Anything in any region of the earth. I'm stuck here like a human. I am serious about this discussion. So, please... do help me! :')


Suicide is a tricky thing to write about not just for comedy and can be seen as offensive to many if done incorrectly, especially when it's a dark comedy and comedy in general. With comedies you tend to keep the viewer at a distance when it comes to emotional scenes so they do not form too much attachment to the characters, which allows it to be funny. Another key point to comedy and especially black comedy is that everything has a point to it - so you will need to find that point and stick too it and explore it through out the film.

To sum it up you will need to be able to tell the story whilst keeping the point clear or else it will just be seen as offensive.

July 2, 2016 at 7:30PM

Toby Garside
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Indie Filmmaker

For starters, you should watch and study "Harold and Maude", perhaps the most famous dark comedy about suicide. But I also think that Toby's advice is spot on: the last thing you want to do with a subject like this in a comedy is to be vague and ambiguous and let the viewer try to sort things out. There has to be a very decisive reason for bringing the subject into the film, and the story has to really pay off for having brought that subject into the film.

July 3, 2016 at 6:56AM


Have you seen "Real Gone" by Seth Worley? It's a dark comedy about suicide, so it might be of some use.

July 7, 2016 at 10:38PM

Matthew Roper

I've read numerous articles here on No Film School about comedy and the most important aspect of comedy I've learned is the unexpected, or the humorous unexpected. Maybe the main character is about to kill himself, then thinks better of it, but it hideously murdered! Or maybe the character is so stupid that he or she doesn't realize they are being scammed into death. Those unexpected twists make the movie funny, in a dark way given the subject matter. There's lot's of freedom. Kill the characters and have the other characters pretend it's a normal day.

July 20, 2016 at 3:00AM

Lorenzo Ducai
Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Wedding Photographer

The Book Of Bunny Suicides and bojack horseman are also funny suicide stories.

May 18, 2018 at 6:09AM


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