Does Your Main Character Have To Be Likeable?


Should screenwriters always write likable main characters? A key tenet of mainstream movies is that the main character must be likeable. They must have a flaw that will be corrected by the end of the movie as part of their obligatory character arc. This is the basis of stories. As audiences become more sophisticated and more complex…

Protagonist Vs Main Character: Is There A Difference?


PROTAGONIST The term protagonist is theatrical term used in Ancient Greece to signify the character that made the first appearance on the stage and was the focal point of the story. This terms is still prevalent in theatrical circles. The term main character is more commonly used in film and TV to mean the same…

Do You Really Need A Main Character?


Screenwriting 101: Main Characters Provide The Point Of View From Which Stories Are Told. It might seem like an obvious question. But do you really need them? The short answer is yes. But not always. Not having a main character may generate tantalising  stories, but will ultimately disorientate your audience. Consider “Resurrection”, a TV series…

What Is The Theme Of Your Screenplay?


Theme is a much lauded term in screenwriting which has rarely been clearly defined. In its simplest form theme really is the underlying topic screenwriters are exploring in their story. It also expresses various points of view of this topic. It is also the meaning and logic that resonates with your audiences. It is the moral fiber…

Types Of Supporting Characters


Pilar Alessandra, script consultant extraordinaire, neatly summarises the common types of supporting characters. The supporting characters you really love are the ones who make an indelible mark, imprinting on the audience and threatening to run the show.  They provide skills and tools for the main character, plant motivation in their head and even up the…

The Character Entrance


Chris Soth discusses the importance of how a main character is introduced to the audience. The first things a main character does, and says DEFINES THEM. So, give your protagonist a character-defining “entrance” that sets up how they will function in your story. Make their first line of dialogue immortal if you can…or at least…

Story Worksheet For Writing A TV Pilot


This is the template used by Jennifer Grisanti. 1) START BY DEFINING YOUR DILEMMA. • Will you start with a series dilemma or a pilot dilemma? • If you start with a series dilemma, it should stem into your pilot dilemma and then into your pilot goal. Question to answer – What is your starting…

How To Build Your Main Character


Chris Huntley, one of the co-founders of Dramatica, spoke about the key components of a MAIN CHARACTER. They are defined as the story from whose point of view the story is told. Often, this is the protagonist who drives the action in pursuit of the main character’s goal, but not always. Main characters typically engage…

Enhancing Your Story


Fellow yogi (actually she’s a yogini and I’m the yogi) L.A. based script consultant, Jen Grisanti believes that you are inextricably linked to your story. You cannot be passionate about a story in which you have no personal emotional investment. And if you don’t have any emotional investment, you can’t tell the best story. Your…

The Twelve Essential Questions Of Story


For those fellow scribes who enjoy delving into the deepest layers of storytelling, visit our friends at Dramatica. They have condensed their knowledge into a handy tome called Dramaticapedia. Ask yourself the following questions before you start writing your story: Does the main character change or remain steadfast? Story gurus typically tell us that a…

Give Your Main Character A Powerhouse Introduction Your Audiences Craves


Who is the main character in your screenplay? Your main character (hero) is the most important character in your screenplay. They must be different from all the other characters and they need unique and intriguing qualities and a specialness to attract A-list talent. They must have the clearest goals, the most obstacles and the most…

An Easy Guide To Prepare An Elevator Pitch Of Your Screenplay


You’ve just written the next hottest screenplay. Picture the following scenario: You’re whizzing up or down an elevator with a film development executive. They’re looking for their next great movie project or a screenwriter to hire. What now? Pitch fast and hard. You probably have 30 to 60 seconds. Go! Can you describe the concept in…