Creating Characters with Personality

From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob SquarePants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken.

Author: Tom Bancroft

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 9780399578731

Category: Art

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From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob SquarePants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken. Designing Characters with Personality shows artists how to create a distinctive character, then place that character in context within a script, establish hierarchy, and maximize the impact of pose and expression. Practical exercises help readers put everything together to make their new characters sparkle. Lessons from the author, who designed the dragon Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy) in Disney's Mulan—plus big-name experts in film, TV, video games, and graphic novels—make a complex subject accessible to every artist.

Creating Characters

In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain shows how writers can invent interesting characters and improve them so that they move a story along. “The core of character,” he says in chapter 1, “lies in each individual story person’s ...

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806183855

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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A jargon-free manual on the basics of developing interesting fictional characters Vibrant, believable characters help drive a fictional story. Along with a clever plot, well-drawn characters make us want to continue reading a novel or finish watching a movie. In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain shows how writers can invent interesting characters and improve them so that they move a story along. “The core of character,” he says in chapter 1, “lies in each individual story person’s ability to care about something; to feel implicitly or explicitly, that something is important.” Building on that foundation—the capacity to care—Swain takes the would-be writer step-by-step through the fundamentals of finding and developing “characters who turn you on.” This basic but thought-provoking how-to is a valuable tool for both the novice and the seasoned writer.

Creating Characters

Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life. This book is a comprehensive reference to every stage of character development.

Author: Writer's Digest Books

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638805

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 342

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Create characters that leap off the page--and into readers' hearts! Populating your fiction with authentic, vivid characters is a surefire way to captivate your readers from the first sentence to the last. Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life. This book is a comprehensive reference to every stage of character development. You'll find timely advice and helpful instruction from best-selling authors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Orson Scott Card, Chuck Wendig, Hallie Ephron, Donald Maass, and James Scott Bell. They'll show you how to: • Effectively introduce your characters • Build a believable protagonist • Develop strong anti-heroes and compelling villains • Juggle multiple points of view without missing a beat • Craft authentic dialogue that propels the story forward • Motivate your characters with powerful objectives and a believable conflict • Show dynamic character development over the course of a story No matter what your genre, Creating Characters gives you the tools necessary to create realistic, fascinating characters that your readers will root for and remember long after they've finished the story.

Creating Characters

In practical terms, this means your first step towards creating an effective character is to look around for people who rouse strong feelings in you.

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806183831

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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A jargon-free manual on the basics of developing interesting fictional characters Vibrant, believable characters help drive a fictional story. Along with a clever plot, well-drawn characters make us want to continue reading a novel or finish watching a movie. In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain shows how writers can invent interesting characters and improve them so that they move a story along. “The core of character,” he says in chapter 1, “lies in each individual story person’s ability to care about something; to feel implicitly or explicitly, that something is important.” Building on that foundation—the capacity to care—Swain takes the would-be writer step-by-step through the fundamentals of finding and developing “characters who turn you on.” This basic but thought-provoking how-to is a valuable tool for both the novice and the seasoned writer.

Creating Characters

Thus, Creating Characters helps writers delve as deeply into a character's psychology as they want. All characters, and the stories they people, can be made richer and more compelling.

Author: Howard Lauther

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786486564

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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A frequent problem area for fiction writers is characterization. If writers jump headlong into a story with only a fuzzy notion about the people who are in it, the result is a collection of characters who are cliched, stereotypical and not very interesting. Creating Characters is an easy to use reference work that looks at character development from many different angles. The book does not tell writers how to write. Instead, it generates a thought process by asking crucial questions about characters' internal and external traits, wants, needs, likes, dislikes, fears, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, habits and backgrounds. Following these questions, the writer will find an ever deeper and wider array of options. Thus, Creating Characters helps writers delve as deeply into a character's psychology as they want. All characters, and the stories they people, can be made richer and more compelling.

Creating Unforgettable Characters

In this book, Linda Seger shows how to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction, covering everything from research to character block. Interviews with today's top writers complete this essential volume.

Author: Linda Seger

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429942027

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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In this book, Linda Seger shows how to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction, covering everything from research to character block. Interviews with today's top writers complete this essential volume.

Creating Characters A List Actors Want to Play

Title Page Copyright Page Introduction About the Authors Making Characters Memorable Creating Memorable Characters Giving Your Characters a Hard Time ...

Author: Script Magazine Editors

Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.

ISBN: 9781440351174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 94

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There's no better way to sell your script than to attract an A-List star to be a part of your film. But with thousands of scripts in circulation at all times, how can you make yours more appealing to Hollywood's most sought after performers? Creating Characters A-List Actors Want To Play is a collection of articles from Script Magazine that will guide you on your mission to create stand-out, memorable characters. Film industry experts provide advice based on the many scripts they've worked on and read throughout their careers: the good, the bad, and the ugly. These articles explore how to create memorable, developed characters who are relatable, nuanced, and engaging. Characters who have strong points of views, motivations, and inner conflicts. You will learn how film archetypes have morphed into tired stereotypes, and thus how to avoid the same fate for your own characters. You will learn how to employ personality quirks and the unexpected to elevate your characters beyond the confines of tropes. Articles explore the importance of raising the stakes, giving your characters a hard time, and making sure that the audience will empathize with them. You will learn how to utilize the whole cast of your script to show the layers of the protagonist, how to develop great villains, and why you need to take your character to the point of no return. Creating Characters A-List Actors Want To Play also covers writing dimensional female characters, how to utilize the 5 stages of grief and basic psychology, how to write intriguing character descriptions that appeal to actors, and various exercises to help you get to know your characters better. Contributors to this collection include Jeanne Veillette Bowerman (writer of the adaptation of the book Slavery by Another Name), Jerry Flattum (writer of Watertown, South Dakota, and Celestial Age), Heather Hale (writer of Absolute Killers and The Courage to Love), Marilyn Horowitz (professor and writing consultant), Brad Johnson (screenwriter and producer), Jacob Krueger (writer of The Matthew Shepard Story), Daniel Manus (founder of No Bull Script Consulting), Hayley McKenzie (writer of Papadopoulos & Sons, Chakara, and The Watcher Self), Drew Yanno (screenwriter and screenwriting professor), and Brett Wean (writer, actor, and improv instructor). If you're ready to make your characters dimensional enough to catch an Oscar winner's attention, get your copy of Creating Characters A-List Actors Want To Play today!

Developing Character and Creating Characters

DEVELOPING CHARACTER And CREATING CHARACTERS —.a-ea+— W/ritten and Compiled By Loraine Dennis Trollope Developing Character And Creating Characters Loraine ...

Author: Loraine Dennis Trollope

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781426994937

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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This story has been written to identify who these people were in their life in badlands and on the plains of Eastern Montana by providing a cameo of their daily life. It proposes a study of the factors that led to the development of character and at the same time developing characters. The method of this analysis uses simple stories of incidents common to those who endured the hardships and challenges of that sometimes-austere environment. Who are these people and how did they get to be the way they are. This book was written for the purpose of encouraging others to write their own stories that can be shared with their family and the generations to follow as they travel along lifes way. Sadly, history not documented is history lost. Every person is important. Every person has value. Every person has a story to tell. Let the pages of this book provide a springboard to the documentation of countless stories of precious lives not only on the prairie but also in the city and elsewhere. It is hoped that by the sharing of these Eastern Montana personal stories that they may spur interest in Eastern Montana towns and villages to encourage development of tourism, industry, and its history, talents and art. Perhaps this book will be instrumental in helping others who feel downtrodden to take a second look at their life, enter the battle and approach their obstacles with a tenacious can do attitude. Of course, some will read the book just for the sometimes-foolish stories of the portrayal of farm-ranch life and let it go at that. But to the serious reader, it is hoped they will analyze well beyond what is written because that is what eventually creates your character also. Realizing that it is OK to become a character while developing your own character.

Draw With Jazza Creating Characters

Character design is, by far, my favorite thing to do when it comes to drawing, and when I first discovered art, creating characters for my own worlds and ...

Author: Josiah Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440344985

Category: Art

Page: 144

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Imagine, Design and Draw Your Own Characters! Draw With Jazza YouTube star Josiah Brooks breaks down an easy-to-follow method that will help you to invent and draw original characters time and time again. Whether sci-fi or steampunk, comic book heroines or tattooed action heroes, animal familiars or alien races, you will discover the limitless possibilities of creating your very own characters for comic books, cartoons, video games and more! No matter what your skill level, you can draw from concept to finished art with confidence. Jazza shows you how as he walks you through The Design Process! • Discover. Learn techniques just like the pros use for developing characters--their backstory, personality and physicality; decide your drawing style; and explore and organize your inspiration. • Design. Use brainstorm sketching to refine your character's persona. Use simplified lines and shapes to draw men and women, practice poses and play with body shapes, sizes, ages and outfits. • Develop. Refine your best ideas by choosing features, color schemes, settings and context to reflect your end goal. • Deliver. Finish your concept art with character turnarounds, expression sheets, pose variations and more to create a complete picture of your characters and their world.

Creating Characters

$24.95 Creating Characters: Let Them Whisper Their Secrets Marisa DVari / $26.95 The Crime Writer's Mfkmct Guide: 1001 Tips for Writing the Perfect Murder ...

Author: Marisa D'Vari

Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions

ISBN: IND:30000107590618

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

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Authors and screenwriters will get a creative boost with this lively and exciting catalogue of creative writing techniques which they can instantly employ to create memorable, realistic characters. D'Vari reveals the creative secrets of highly paid screenwriters and best-selling authors.

Draw with Jazza Creating Characters

Imagine, Design and Draw Your Own Characters!

Author: Josiah Brooks

Publisher: Impact

ISBN: 1440344949

Category: ART

Page: 144

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-Draw with Jazza YouTube star Josiah Brooks breaks down an easy-to-follow method that will help you to invent and draw original characters time and time again. Whether sci-fi or steampunk, comic book heroines or tattooed action heroes, animal familiars or alien races, you will discover the limitless possibilities of creating your very own characters for comic books, cartoons, video games and more! No matter what your skill level, you can draw from concept to finished art with confidence. Jazza shows you how as he walks you through The Design Process!,---page [4] of cover.

Beginner s Guide to Blender

Beginner's Guide to Creating Characters in Blender gives those interested in this versatile, expansive tool all the information they need to enter 3D.

Author: 3D Total Publishing

Publisher: 3dtotal Publishing

ISBN: 1912843137

Category:

Page: 288

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Beginner's Guide to Blender gives those interested in this versatile, expansive tool all the information they need to enter 3D.

Creating Characters with Charles Dickens

His analysis of his models is the work of a psychologist who understood intuitively the deep meaning of complex behavior, his own as well as that of his family and friends.

Author: Doris Alexander

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271007257

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

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In this study of thirty previously unrecognized models for Dickens's characters, most of them real people, Doris Alexander investigates Dickens's creation of his characters and the impact of the creative process on his life. In Creating Characters with Charles Dickens, Doris Alexander provides substantial insight into the creative process as it unfolded in Dickens's works. She reveals how Dickens converted not only public figures but close friends and family to fictional use. Her identification and analysis of a number of Dickens's characters allow her to reconstruct the personality structure, actions, and even speech patterns of the real person, thus establishing how far each of his characters shows a penetration into the psychodynamics of the real person. His analysis of his models is the work of a psychologist who understood intuitively the deep meaning of complex behavior, his own as well as that of his family and friends. Alexander then puts the emotional forces that shaped plot and characters into perspective by demonstrating the transforming influence of even mere technical demands for adapting the original figures to their fictional roles. Each chapter illustrates a specific aspect of Dickens's way of creating characters, including his shaping of two or more characters from one real personality. Perhaps the greatest interest of Doris Alexander's work lies in her use of memoirs, diaries, biographies, letters, and other recollections from Dickens's lifetime to sketch in the society that furnished his materials, the concerns of which he so richly embodied. Moreover, she explores his most profoundly autobiographical works to find what the characters meant for him, how he entered into them, and how the resolutions he found for their life problems resolved, in turn, important problems of his own. Her discussions of Little Dorrit and Great Expectations validate Bernard Shaw's insight that they are the real autobiographies. Here Alexander traces a moving journey to self-understanding and charity toward others, even to a comic version of Dickens's own painful domestic situation. Creating Characters with Charles Dickens naturally places in question and suggests reinterpretations for many conventional assumptions about Dickens's best known characters and sheds new light on his life story, personality, and creative method.

Creating Stylized Characters

Learn how to create vibrant character designs with the step-by-step guidance of professional artists from the illustration and animation industries.

Author: 3dtotal Publishing

Publisher:

ISBN: 1909414743

Category: Art

Page: 248

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Learn how to create vibrant character designs with the step-by-step guidance of professional artists from the illustration and animation industries.

Creating Compelling Characters for Film TV Theatre and Radio

The conscientious character sets about his or her business methodically and ... So we might create a character who is, for example, very open and ...

Author: Rib Davis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474260213

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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Strong characters – characters we love and hate, those we despair for at their low moments and egg on to their triumphs – are the foundation of any successful script. Written by award-winning writer Rib Davis and now fully updated for its second edition, Creating Compelling Characters for Film, TV, Theatre and Radio is an authoritative practical guide to developing characters for professional and aspiring writers alike. As well as exploring character motivation, the interplay between character and plot, comic characters, heroes and villains, the new edition also includes a more in-depth look at character psychology, writing ensemble and multi-narrative dramas and the balance between character development and character revelation. The book also includes a wide range of contemporary examples from scripts ranging from films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Grand Budapest Hotel, award-winning plays such as Jerusalem and acclaimed TV shows such as Game of Thrones and True Detective.

The Art of Character

This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.

Author: David Corbett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101602997

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the "tyranny of motive," and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.

Long Form Improv

Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors.

Author: Ben Hauck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781621532361

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today’s top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors. A complete long-form improv resource comprising topics like ideation and character creation, improvising scenes for extended periods of time and enhancing them—and even performing the most famous expression of long-form improv, the half-hour improvised form known as “The Harold”—this astute text is written in a friendly, supportive voice by an experienced improv teacher and professional actor whose own frustration in learning the craft drove an obsession to create a program free of confounding teachings and contradictory concepts. The book’s groundbreaking infusion with drama theory and game theory brings new life to the teachings of the craft, breaking down various aspects of long-form improv into short chapters for swift, step-by-step intake of its vital lessons. Students of acting and long-form improv alike should expect Long-Form Improv to bolster their education and fast-track their course to improv greatness.

Creating Compelling Characters for Film TV Theatre and Radio

The book also includes a wide range of contemporary examples from scripts ranging from films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Grand Budapest Hotel, award-winning plays such as Jerusalem and acclaimed TV shows such as Game of Thrones ...

Author: Rib Davis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474260220

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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Strong characters – characters we love and hate, those we despair for at their low moments and egg on to their triumphs – are the foundation of any successful script. Written by award-winning writer Rib Davis and now fully updated for its second edition, Creating Compelling Characters for Film, TV, Theatre and Radio is an authoritative practical guide to developing characters for professional and aspiring writers alike. As well as exploring character motivation, the interplay between character and plot, comic characters, heroes and villains, the new edition also includes a more in-depth look at character psychology, writing ensemble and multi-narrative dramas and the balance between character development and character revelation. The book also includes a wide range of contemporary examples from scripts ranging from films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Grand Budapest Hotel, award-winning plays such as Jerusalem and acclaimed TV shows such as Game of Thrones and True Detective.

Creating Character Emotions

In this unique book, Ann Hood will help you find fresh, creative images, words and gestures to evoke feelings in your fiction.

Author: Ann Hood

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: 1884910335

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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In this unique book, Ann Hood will help you find fresh, creative images, words and gestures to evoke feelings in your fiction. In 36 "mini-lessons," Hood sheds new light on love, hate, fear, grief, guilt, hope, jealousy and other major emotions. Each lesson offers instruction on rendering that particular sentiment; "good" and "bad" examples illustrating how writers have succeeded and where others have gone wrong; and imaginative exercises for putting the feeling into words.