4 Tips For Developing And Writing A Character — Evan Kidd

Film Courage: What suggestions do you have for screenwriters on developing a character?

Evan Kidd, Filmmaker/Podcaster: You need to know what your character needs to achieve in your broader story. You also need to think Okay, what would happen if I spent time with this character? I always think of it that way.

Anytime I am writing a character, developing a character I think if me and this character:

 

*Went out to get a drink at a bar or something, what would we talk about?

*How would the conversation flow?

*Would he be doing the talking?

*Would I be doing the talking?

*Would it be balanced/not balanced?

*Would they leave after five minutes because they have something to do?

 

I always try to think about the broader world a character inhabits outside of just the script because for me that influences a lot of the character’s decisions and things that they’ll make later in the script I’m writing.

When I develop I try to do a word cloud if you will for a character. So I try to think If you just met this person for five minutes at the grocery story, you’ve never seen them before, what would your first couple of takeaways be? I always try to list those off. Then I think Okay what would maybe their mom say about them, someone who has known them for ever and ever? So I have these two different word bubbles and it’s always like about balancing what is their kind of quick takeaways from a quick appearance versus the deep down stuff that they…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

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