Character emerges when a clear want comes up against conflict, which is when we begin to see what the character is made of, what the character values and hopes for, even basics of everyday thinking and personality.
Psychotherapist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser shows you how to develop well-thought-out psychological biographies for your characters to get your TV pilot on the air.
Christopher Schiller explains what the Bechdel-Wallace Test is to different parties and how it should (or shouldn’t) be used as a touchstone in this industry.
One of the biggest challenges in screenwriting is revealing character to the audience. Drew Yanno explains portraying character smartly goes a long way toward the audience identifying with and/or understanding a particular character in the story.
With so many comic book adaptations out there it's time to seriously re-examine the supervillain and discover how best to use them in our stories. Michael Lee gives you part 2 of Analyzing the Marvel Supervillains.
How do you create a bad guy that’s sympathetic? Or even more importantly, why even create a villain to care about? Doug Richardson explains.
Tim Long explores the narrative significance of an opening scene, sharing clips from films to demonstrate the power of a great start to a story.
Tim Long discusses the pitfalls of putting plot before character.
The evolution of the screenplay for Spiderman and the many changes that the characters underwent before emerging on the big screen are fascinating ... and a useful study in development for any screenwriter.