Each of the key character types plays a specific role in a story, and there are five which you need to carefully craft into the fabric of your narrative, when designing your story. The protagonist, the antagonist, the mentor, the ally and the love interest.
This is the second in a series where I look at the opening sequences of Oscar nominated screenplays and point out some of the tools used by the writers, and highlight why they are considered to be exceptional. Oscar Wilde said; “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and so when something works it works… and is worth …
We’ve all heard that the first ten pages of a script are crucial in terms of persuading the reader to keep reading. Each one of these screenplays achieve that in different ways, but they all have a very important point in common; they introduce us to the main character and they set up the world (and genre) in which that character lives. Each one also manages to introduce additional information that will be important going forward.
For the audience to care about a character, they need to feel what the character feels and vicariously experience the emotions they experience. The quickest way to get them to do this is to provide them with insight into the way the characters interact with their world, before they see them making important decisions.
Learn how to create a story and where best to locate it. Acquire the skill to create leading characters that have purpose. Discover the difference between obstacles and complications, and procure the ability to recognise and construct crucial structural beats.