How Do You Know You Want To Write About The Protagonist? — Adam Davis

Film Courage: How do you know a protagonist is a character you want to write about? How do you know you’re really connected to that protagonist?

Adam Davis, Writer/Director: Hmm…that’s a very good question. I think for me it comes from a little bit of the story and about what I want to say at that time.

I don’t tend to go with tropes of characters. I really go with what is the situation and what character can be tested the most in that situation. The most recent thing that my writing partner Will and I have done as a horror feature with a lot of very topical social commentary and that just came out of a specific very interesting idea of horror but also the fact that right now there is a lot of disparity in terms of people’s pay just in the world. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is disappearing. That has been very top of mind for me so I wanted a protagonist for this horror script that really embodied that and somebody like this blue-collar worker in Chicago that we can all identify with and get behind because I think (at least I do) that we all feel like we are that person right now. The corporations are just stepping down on us, politics is stepping down on us and there is a lot of unrest and upheaval. It’s one of those things that the situation can sort of dictate and it’s something that I’m finding having very socially conscious statements is something I want to put out there because I think that films are a great medium that you can reach a lot of people with and if I can put messages in there that will make people think of something a different way like thinking about the disparity between black people and white people in a corporate environment. Or with NO TOUCHING [Adam and Will’s 2016 short film] it was about the reach of misogyny. I really want topical things that people can sink their teeth into and make them think. That’s my big goal with my current projects at least.

Film Courage: What were the movies for you growing up that were like that made you sort of think about social commentary?…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Writer/Director Adam Davis has created numerous short films and has half a decade of professional on-set experience. The short films that he’s written, directed, produced and edited have garnered first place wins in various film festivals around the country since 2002. In total, his short films have won 13 top awards.

In 2016, Adam self-financed his debut feature film that he shot in just 4 days. BROKEN CEILING found distribution in 2018 and opened to stellar reviews from The Los Angeles Times. The film is now available on iTunes, Amazon, TubiTV and many other VOD services where it’s receiving rave reviews from the public. 

Adam and his writing partner, Will Corona Pilgrim, successfully Kickstarted a horror/action short film titled NO TOUCHING, which stars Zoë Bell, Heidi Moneymaker, Jake Busey, Tracie Thoms, Kevin Daniels and Doug Jones. It has amassed over 1 million views on YouTube and Facebook. 

Adam’s most recent project is a short film called LOSING SIGHT, about a man struggling with the new life he’s forced to live as a blind man.





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