—”ordinary characters in extraordinary circumstances”—is but one way to tell a story. In reverse, “Extraordinary characters in ordinary circumstances” works just as well. Psychopaths, in the extreme, provide the impetus for bloody scene ...
Author: Script Magazine Editors
Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
Category: Performing Arts
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!