Introduction To The 14 Types Of Movie Characters by CSUN Professor Eric Edson [Screenwriting Masterclass]

Eric Edson, Screenwriting Profession at California State University Northridge (CSUN): This evening we’re going to take a look at character categories and I hope it’s going to be fun. I think it will be fun. I have picked six particular categories. Obviously I can’t do all 14 in one night. We will be falling asleep here but we will talk it through and what the examples are and I picked examples for specific reasons, I’ll tell you when we get there.

For instance, some adversary characters in major motion pictures are pretty obvious, right? And therefore I picked one that isn’t obvious so you can see the other side of it, too.

Now then perspective, Eric does like the Greeks doesn’t he? What is character in a screenplay or a novel? They are both important because they are very…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

In the first two weeks of the Fall semester, California State University, Northridge screenwriting professor Eric Edson presents PowerPoint lessons to the entering first year grad MFA class. He begins with the Hero Goal Sequences story structure paradigm. Here is an inside look at the full first class of the lecture.


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Eric Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays on assignment. His produced script credits include PASSION’S WEB for Showtime, and he co-wrote and co-executive produced the NBC Movie of the Week LETHAL VOWS starring John Ritter and Marg Helgenberger. Other films include THE ROSE AND THE JACKAL starring Christopher Reeve, THE SOGGY BOTTOM GANG starring Don Johnson, and DIVING IN starring Kristy Swanson. Eric has also written for episodic television.

Professor Edson’s new book “THE STORY SOLUTION: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take,” published by Michael Wiese Productions, uncovers for the first time the 23 Hero Goal Sequences® used in every successful motion picture to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link together all plot development from first page to last (Read more here).


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