Script Reader Reveals Secrets to Writing Film Characters as Addictive as Heroin
Former script reader shows screenwriters how to create unique and dynamic characters that don’t suck and will attract the attention of managers, producers and agents.
Want to write the next summer blockbuster? Want to turn that script idea you have into a bidding war? Want to sell that screenplay that’s been gathering dust in your drawer?
Well, according to Michael Rogan, author of the eBook “How to Write a Script With Kick-Ass and Awesome Character,” you should spend less time “worrying about your stupid margins” and spend more time creating awesome characters in the midst of a dilemma.
“Most writers think creating characters is about figuring out how tall a character is or who they voted for or what’s on their iPod playlist,” said Rogan. “No! No! No! Creating characters that people will actually pay money for is about creating characters who are forced to make gnarly, horrible, uncompromising choices.”
“It’s a bit sadistic, but absolutely crucial to executing a professional-level script that can make you hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Rogan spent years reading screenplays – “If I never read another vampire script, I’ll die a happy man” - for production companies around the world. And though what his bosses searched for in material varied in offices from London to Century City, one thing that never changed was an emphasis on original and interesting characters.
“Producers can sell characters. They can’t sell Act-II Midpoints,” said Rogan. “The poster. The casting. The marketing. The location scouting. It all begins and ends with character. Characters are the black-tar heroin in this business that everybody wants to get their hands on.”
Though Rogan believes writing great characters isn’t a simple paint-by-numbers process – “Creating characters is a lot of trial and error, mostly error” – he does offer plenty of tips and strategies in his eBook “How to Write a Script With Kick-Ass and Awesome Character” on how screenwriters can up their character game rapidly.
“When you know what every character in your script should and has to do, then creating characters becomes a lot frickin’ easier,” said Rogan. “It’s not easy. But it ain’t magic either. Every writer can create awesome characters.”
“And once they do it consistently, there isn’t much in this business that can stop them.”
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