joe venezia on August 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm ∞
Alright so i’m taking on the biggest project i have ever done. It will be a massive step up from the normal comedy shorts i make. and with never taking on a “real” project before i’m not use to really making and developing a plot that can weave character development in it at the same time. it seems to be that whenever i write something it’s far too scatterbrained for anyone to even understand! My knowledge on story writing is none to zero so any tips would be appreciated!
Caleb Davies on August 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm ∞
Something to keep in mind is that these two don’t actually have to be separate, but together! (Power Rangers go!) But essentially, character development is:
O'Ryan McEntire on August 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm ∞
There are a few schools of thought on this subject. One states that you should first develop a plot and then create characters to support said plot.
The other is to craft your characters and then build a plot around them to showcase them.
I like a mixture of both, personally. Sometimes I will come up with a cool plot and characters begin to show themselves as I am brainstorming. Sometimes I envision a great character with some emotional weight and then the story around him/her begins to develop.
Regardless of how you decide to begin you need to make sure your plot and characters support each other in believable and interesting ways.
Sometimes taking your characters and putting them in different situations and imagining how they would react can help you define them and the situations they may need for specific character developments. Then sometimes taking your plot and creating a scenario within it and deciding what the individuals involved need to do to further the situation in a direction that is interesting.
The most important thing here is to make sure what ever is happening is supporting your story’s end point. What do you want your audience to walk away with?
Andy Ainsworth on August 13, 2012 at 2:55 am ∞
I don’t know if you’ve read some of the blog posts I’ve written on this subject, but if not, take a gander – they may help.
Character development – http://filmpunch.org/blog/crafting-characters/
Deeper character analysis – http://filmpunch.org/blog/the-good-guy/
And also, check out my “Champion Series” (http://filmpunch.org/blog/modus-operandi/) under which there are 2 out of 13 parts posted already. Each post deals with a different shape of fiction – stuff that’s gonna help you integrate your characters into any story that your scatterbrained mind can come up with. Best of luck.
If you have any specific questions with examples from your work, I may be of more use.
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