Here's a short exercise to help develop your characters and get into their own mind. This is inspired by Scott Myer's Crafting Characters lesson on screenwritingmasterlcass.com
Imagine your character is next to you and you are interviewing them. Write in their voice. Just write. Don't erase anything you write until you look back. Here is the list of questions.
1. What is one goal you want to achieve?
2. What do you need to improve on? Emotionally? Physically?
1. Who is most important to you right now?
2. Do you have a close relationship with your family? Who in particular?
3. Who is your best friend and why?
4. Do you have any enemies or people you don't like? Why?
1. What is your occupation? Why are you happy/not happy with it?
2. What is the job environment like? Hectic? Relaxed? Anyone you can't stand?
3. Body type? Are you happy with your body image?
4. What's your personal style look like?
1. Philosophy of life?
3. General Mood?
4. Any phrases or words you always say?
5. What do you people know you as? The person who ____________
1. What's the worst thing that could happen to you?
2. Worst fear?
1. What's the best thing that could happen to you?
1. What stands in the way of achieving your goal? Internal and external?
2. What must you overcome/do to achieve your goal?
after you do this exercise:
Read what you wrote and highlight important things you want to include in your screenplay. Cross out/delete the things you don't like or want.
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Bridget Johnson is the president and co-founder of Dare to Dream Productions. She writes and directs thought-provoking films that inspire others to follow their dreams.
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