by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Some of the greatest films ever made have been character studies. Sure, there is a well-structured story sitting just below the surface that allows us to develop the character in meaningful and interesting ways. However, the purpose and driving force behind the story is to explore what
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There’s been a tremendous amount of discussion about killing characters this week, as HBO revealed whether a key character on Game of Thrones was actually dead or alive. The discussion had merit, as HBO, and especially Game of Thrones, has a habit of killing off significant characters
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There are a few base emotions that have driven human beings since we’ve had any form of consciousness. Most important to our survival has been fear. We wouldn’t have lasted long on this planet if we hadn’t learned to run from things that threatened our existence. One goal
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Mythologist Joseph Campbell spoke of the necessity of sending your hero into the underworld. As polite people in society, we often lack the nerve to be as mean to our characters as we need to be. It’s in the underworld where our characters will suffer their greatest
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Characters are compelling for the same reasons we are. When we have qualities, talents, and abilities that distinguish who we are from those around us, people tend to find us interesting. Giving your characters unique abilities or superpowers is certainly one way to capture the attention of
For me, screenwriting is all about setting characters in motion and as a writer just chasing them. They should tell you what they’ll do in any scene you put them in.
The character that lasts is an ordinary guy with some extraordinary qualities.
A writer’s knowledge of himself, realistic and unromantic, is like a store of energy on which he must draw for a lifetime: one volt of it properly directed will bring a character alive.
Let your character breath. Don’t give your character to much to do in a pilot. We need quiet moments to see who they are.
Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions — what we do — that we are happy or the reverse. All human happiness and misery take the form of action.