Character is King
At a Glance
Having a great story is crucial but the key to selling your screenplay is character. You must have great characters. But this is where the majority of scripts fail – cardboard cut-out characters that move from scene to scene pushing the plot forward but leaving the audience cold. I will show you how to create dynamic, exciting characters that audiences will love and actors will be dying to play (the real secret to selling and getting your screenplay made!)
Analyze some of the great movie characters – focusing on key scenes that make us fall in love with a character.
Examine all the major character archetypes.
Breakdown your favorite characters.
What comes first story or the character?
Building a character – key elements to establishing a great character. Writing Tools – techniques for getting that character down on the page.
Character Arc – is it really necessary? Your Character's key flaw. Witnesses the Transformation. Character psychology – getting inside your character's head. Deepen your character.
Backstory – finding that key moment in your character's life that will reverberate throughout your story.
Supporting characters – critical to bringing out the best and worst in your main character. Complimentary and contradictory characters
Odd Couples – when is two better than one? Ensemble cast – what makes a group work?
Family or Friends or Team
Not Human – Monsters and machines
Build your character in class. We'll work together, step by step, to create a dynamic character that will put your script over the top!
- Date available: 03/11/2014
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Meet the Author: Donald H. Hewitt
Donald H Hewitt has been an award winning screenwriter for over 12 years who's credit's include the Oscar-winning animated film, Spirited Away and Oscar-nominated Howl's Moving Castle. He has completed projects at Pixar, Miramax. Working Title, Disney, New Line, Fox Animation, and ABC Family.