from No Film School:
Characters are the heart and soul of every story. But getting them to arc takes practice and skill…
We all have favorite movies and TV shows, and favorite movie and TV characters. They help us get through our day, and are examples we use in everyday conversation. So when you set out to work on your projects, writing characters that may someday enter the cultural lexicon can make it all seem daunting.
How can my character ever be in the same breath as Michael Corleone from The Godfatheror The Bride from Kill Bill?
When you start to think about writing a great character in a screenplay, it can become a problem like the chicken or the egg.
What came first, the character or the character arc? And when do we fall into character tropes?
The truth is if your goal is to get past screenplay readers and get your script turned into a feature film or TV show, then you have to figure this out and write GREAT character arcs.
That’s what this post will answer!