with Scott Myers
GOOD: Create a Compelling Protagonist that Hooks the Producer
Of all the characters in a story, there is one whose importance is such they demand our immediate and sustained attention. That character is the Protagonist. As your story’s central character, the Protagonist informs every aspect of the story-crafting process.
Conventional wisdom suggests writers should strive to create a sympathetic Protagonist by finding their wound or their flaw, but that just scratches the surface of what we need to do to discover a truly Compelling Protagonist.
In this presentation, Scott Myers will do an in-depth analysis of the Protagonists in three movies – The Social Network, Bridesmaids, and Up – to demonstrate a comprehensive Inside Out approach to character development which you can use to craft your own Protagonist who compels a script reader’s attention.
Expect light bulb moments followed by truth bombs.
EVIL: Writing The Compelling Nemesis That Elevates Your Plot, Characters and Stakes
There is nothing like a well-drawn Nemesis to enliven a screenplay by functioning as a worthy foe to the Protagonist and creating the story’s central conflict.
In this presentation with Scott Myers, you will learn key principles to help you craft a Nemesis who goes beyond the stereotypical Bad Guy to a living, breathing, and powerful antagonist figure.
- Nemesis v. Antagonist
- Shadow v. Light
- Fear v. Need
- Unity v. Disunity
- Overlord v. Underdog
- Intelligence v. Wisdom
- Empathy v. Sympathy
Learn how to think of the Nemesis as a projection of your Protagonist’s shadow enabling you to create a psychological connection between these two pivotal characters.
Appearing in this session
Credits include K-9 with Jim Belushi and Trojan War with Jennifer Love Hewitt