Without strong characters, your screenplay is going nowhere! Here are 5 steps to make sure your characters lead the way!
5 STEPS TO STRONG CHARACTERS
5. Make it easy for your audience
Depending on what your intentions for your character may be, you should make it easy for your audience to know where they stand. Making the character likeable or unlikeable as early as possible. Without an emotional attachment, your audience will find it difficult to remain engaged, no matter how great the story may be.
4. Know your characters!
Before you start writing your story, you need to know who your characters are. Once you know this, you’ll know how they will respond to the situations you put them in. Take some time and really get to know your character. Ask yourself these questions.
- What do they like/dislike?
- What do they do in their spare time?
- Why do they live where they live?
- What’s their favourite food/drink?
- What’s their happiest/saddest memory?
- If they won the Lotto, what would they spend it on?
No one is perfect, your characters shouldn’t be either! Think about their character flaws.
2. Strong Dialogue!
Your characters should only speak when they have something to say. There’s no room in films for anything other than strong dialogue. If you can, give your characters strong defining opening lines. The audience will know who they are, they type of character they are.
1. Get your characters name right!
Your characters name should say something about them. Here are a few things to think about when naming your characters
- Personality – Does their name suit their personality?
- Meaning – Is there a significant meaning behind the name? Perhaps it alludes to elements of the characters life/story etc?
- Age-Appropriate – If your screenplay is set in a specific ere, make sure the characters name reflects that. Maybe research common names for the time.
- Fit the world – Your characters name should help them fit into the world you’ve created.
Hopefully, by spending time getting to know your characters and really thinking about what their name is, you’ll have strong characters to match your winning screenplay!
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