For those of you who may remember I posted this post not so long ago:
Well scrap that idea! (Well, I haven’t scrapped it I’ve just filed it away for later use)
Yesterday I had a lecture based around Characters, and how to make them believable. To do this we thought about the back story for the character and how this affects how they are during the start of the film.
We were set the task of getting into pairs and answering the “ten questions” you should ask yourself when creating a character and thinking about how they fit in your story. I will include the ten questions at the end in case you’ve never seen them before. Needless to say, I could answer the questions but they didn’t fit with my plot, and the key concept I wanted to tell was of the character over coming his nerves and shyness, his fears etc. And I was trying to force him into a plot that wasn’t right for him, like pressing a square peg into a round hole.
So now I have gone back to basics and removed the fantasy element from the story, instead it will be an almost coming of age story still based around my time in America but sticking more in reality with no lurking shadows, or earth shattering menaces. I already have an idea for where to set the old plot of the film (the one that I have filed away).
So with this in mind I will be doing a new plan it seems, so expect to see more of that in the coming days.
Here are the questions, and once I have figured out my character a little more I will answer the question so you can see how I would interpret them.
1) Who’s story is it?
2) What do they need? What is their flaw?
3) What is the inciting incident?
4) What does the character want?
5) What obstacles are in the characters way?
6) What’s at stake?
7) Why should we care?
8) How do they change?
9) Are they confronted with the consequences of NOT changing?
10) How does it end? (Does it pay off the inciting incident? Is it moral? Ironically?)
- How Characters Are Like Mirrors (kevinbasilbooks.wordpress.com)
- Video: A coming-of-age story that highlights the angst of teen gays (latinalista.com)
- Plot vs Character Musings (jabwriter.com)
- Turning Inspiration into a Plot (omnivoracious.com)
- Ahmadinejad: Anti-Islam film is Israeli plot to stir religious confrontations (theuglytruth.wordpress.com)
- That Dreaded Synopsis (patwoodblogging.wordpress.com)