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BradCharacter Development Exercise's 8- page screenwriting exercise, "Character Development," is an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide that provides categorized lists of storytelling questions.

These questions can help you understand exactly how to create great characters for your screenplay.

Just answer the questions, and you'll end up with characters that seem to live and breathe on their own.

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Excerpt From "Character Development" Screenwriting Exercise:

In order to fully develop the protagonist (the hero) and the supporting characters in your screenplay, it's necessary to describe the main elements that create conflict for all the characters in your story.

These elements are known as the archetype, the back story, the process , the subject, the focus, the conflict, the tragic deed, the prophecy, and the change.

An archetype is a specific type of person.

The back story is the unseen social and professional life of your protagonist and each of the supporting characters.

The process is the three-stage conflict that the protagonist undergoes.

The subject is an object linked to a tragic incident or crime.

The focus is the tragic incident or crime that causes conflict for the protagonist.

The conflict is the ongoing battle between two opposing forces known as the protagonist and the antagonist (the villain).

The tragic deed is an act of betrayal that the protagonist suffers from and must overcome in order to survive.

The prophecy is a prediction about the fate of the protagonist.

The change is the fulfillment of the prophecy that results in the protagonist becoming an archetype, a specific type of person.

Archetype : In "Fearless," an architect named Max Klein starts out as an unsuccessful family man after surviving a plane crash. He eventually becomes a survivor of post-traumatic stress disorder, someone who is an archetype, a specific type of person.


Who does the protagonist ( the hero) subconsciously imitate to save his lover from physical or psychological death? Does the protagonist have a mentor whose actions he is imitating? If so, describe this mentor and the protagonist's relationship with him or her.

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