Character Development in The Pursuit of Happyness
A good screenplay always needs a strong, well-developed main character (protagonist). But, in a
character-driven film, the protagonist is the story. This means that there would be no story without him.
In the film, "Blow Out," motion picture sound effects technician Jack Terri (John Travolta)
inadvertently records the sound of a sniper shooting out the tire of a car being driven by Governor George McRyan (John Hoffmeister), a presidential candidate. Read more...
Character Development Exercise
Would you like to create characters for your screenplay that captivate producers and directors? Then Scriptologist.com has the answer. Our screenwriting exercise, "Character Development," will show
you how to create characters that seem to have a life of their own. Read more...
In the film, "Coma" the protagonist, Dr. Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold), is a fiercely independent
woman who maintains strict control over her personal life and professional life. Read more...
Creating Characters Based On Personality Type
Screenwriters often use a character as a jumping off point to write a screenplay.
A fireman, mobster, spy, politician, socialite, or artist can be a type of character used as a protagonist in a screenplay. Read more...
The screenplay for the film, "Fearless," uses the protagonist, Max Klein (Jeff Bridges), and his
struggle to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder as tools for developing the main characters in the story.
In the screenplay for the film, "Final Destination,"
high school student Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), is defined as the protagonist by the way in which he tries to save six people from death. Read more...
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
In the screenplay for "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest,"
the protagonist, Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), pretends to be mentally ill so he can avoid hard labor at a prison work
farm and serve out the remainder of his prison sentence at a mental institution where life should be easy. Read more...
The Ghost and The Darkness
William Goldman's screenplay for the film, "The Ghost and The Darkness," uses the concept of
duality to define Colonel John Patterson (Val Kilmer) and Remington (Michael Douglas), two characters who battle a pair of man-eating lions that are killing members of a bridge-building crew in
Tsavo, Africa. Read more...
In "Training Day," the protagonist, Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), changes psychologically, starting out as a police officer who is dependent on rules for guidance and becoming an officer who is capable of
independent thought. Read more...
In "Underworld," Viktor (Bill Nighy), a powerful vampire, commits a tragic deed that dooms him to a specific fate
and turns him into a mythical archetype, a specific type of character. His tragic deed leads to a process in which a cause-and-effect chain of events is repeated. Read more...