Character Development

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THE ESSENTIALS

A story can’t be completed without the understanding of your characters: the whys, the how’s and what if’s. Your audience needs to feel identified with your protagonists or villains, a connection needs to be made with your viewers to enchant them with your film. It is the best way for those people walking out of the theater (or wherever it is you’re showing your film) to remember it and talk about it afterwards, hopefully recommend it.

WHERE TO START

There are a number of questions to ask yourself when you’re creating or “painting” your character:

  • Where does he/she come from?
  • Where was he/she born?
  • How was his/her experience with family?
  • Which culture or religion?
  • What are his/her beliefs now?
  • What are his/her views towards life, the world, people?
  • What purpose is behind his/her goals?
  • Any physical, mental or emotional conditions? Illnesses?

Those are a few things you need to settle first before getting into writing. Why? Because you need to know how each one of your characters would “really” respond, don’t just put random words or actions for them to say or do. Whether you’re a writer or an actor/actress, you should know or have an idea on how your character will react towards everything thrown to him/her.
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Jess O. Rubio

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Credit: unsplash.com/@aaronburden
  • Camera: DMC-GX7
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s
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I'm an actor, cinematographer and editor. I enjoy writing scripts and taking these stories to the big screen. I usually compose music for my films or by request. Currently have a blog on YouTube to share some laughs with the audience. There's nothing more beautiful than to share someone's world with an audience on the big screen, and nothing more fulfilling than to be able to bring a character to life. The secret is how you tell the story.