How To Develop Your Story Characters

Every movie is driven by its character. The plot never does anything by itself.
I’m going to teach you how to develop your characters while keeping your character reliable and interesting.

Developing characters is all about making your characters complex, ambiguous with good and bad qualities. Your character can be stupid if you want it to be, but it has to have an inner logic that it is loyal to it. Her actions in the movie should go by her personality and not out of nowhere.

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Creating a character that the audience will want to meet

Think about what makes you relate to a character. Is it when she reminds you a little bit of you or someone you like? Or maybe she reminds you of who you want to be. Indiana Jones is a great character because he is a tough dude that many of us, men, wish to be. He is also full of adventure spirit we wish to have.

Look at all the characters you like in films and in novels. What is it about them that reminds you of you? What is it that make you like them?

In the movie Inside out, the writers had to deal with the happiness of the Joy character. The problem was she was happy all the time and no one can relate to that. The writers did a good job with the character by creating two elements: first is when Riely started to get sad. Joy try to fight the sad feelings and this is when Joy appears to us as vulnerable. The second thing that the writers did is that they made it clear that Joy is happy all the time because she cares about Riely and want her to be happy and not from selfish reasons. This is also something we can relate to. 

You should also think if the characters you write are ones that the audience would like to hang out with? Are they interesting enough? Are they funny or smart? What is it about them that makes you want to meet them?

Developing The Characters Goals & Motivations

Quick Tip!
You should watch out for passive characters. Don’t get me wrong. There are many successful films with passive characters like Big Lebowski, but you have to be a skillful writer to pull it off. If you are using a passive character, something is got to happen to pull her out from her passiveness.

Look for the emotion

You need to really investigate your character’s leading emotion. What is the one emotion that keeps following her throughout the script. Is it her obstacle in the film that needs to be changed in the end or is it what’s motivate her? Or maybe even both? The character’s emotion is something that should be changed throughout the film. For example, the emotion that leads Batman is anger or repressed anger. This feeling makes him walk a thin line between helping people and hurting them. 

Developing a 3- Dimensional Characters

Your characters need to be believable and you will get that by making 3-dimensional characters and you will create that by knowing their back story.

Even if you find the bad guy generally repulsive, you need to be able to put yourself so thoroughly into his shoes while you’re writing him that, just for those moments, you almost believe his slant yourself.
K.M. Weiland, quote from Maybe Your Bad Guy Is RIGHT!

The Protagonist – Our Main Character

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The Format of Writing a Character in a Script

Remember! Your goal is to make the readers care about your characters, so they will more emotionally invest in the story.

 

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