How To Write a Movie Script : How to Create Characters for a Movie Script

How To Write a Movie Script : How to Create Characters for a Movie Script


Okay, so using our formula we’ll now discuss
what happens next in Act 1, Act 2 and Act 3. Under Act 1 here’s what I want you to write.
The next thing you are going to do once you decide what your concept is going to be, is
I want you to introduce your main characters. This is all what is happening in Act 1. In
Act 2, I want you to develop these people and tell us more about them, show us some
of the challenges they’re going to face. And, basically build them up. And, in Act 3 I want
you to resolve the character’s problems that happened in Act 1 and Act 2. I want you to
resolve them, to bring them to a completion as people and as living beings. You don’t
want to make them one dimensional, you want to make them have a life. Challenges they
have to face so that the person in Act 1 hopefully will not be the exact same person in Act 2.
They learned their life lesson or they developed some skill or whatever it is you are trying
to accomplish with your character. The other thing is, you never want to have more than
6 characters as your main characters. You want to have 6 to 4, 4 being the best. Why?
Because you have to introduce them all. You have to develop problems that they resolve
for them all later in Act 3. So, the more main characters you have the more difficult
that becomes. You want to really define these people here in Act 2, their strengths, their
weaknesses, what their conflicts are, how they do handle them or how they don’t handle
them. And in Act 3, as I said, you’re going to find a way to resolve whatever problems
your characters faced. So you see why writing too many characters could become a nightmare.

39 thoughts on “How To Write a Movie Script : How to Create Characters for a Movie Script

  1. Hi,
    Yes I know they didn't number it.

    I start on the LEFT SIDE of the BOARD (ACT 1)
    and move to the right ACT 2 – and then ACT 3

  2. This guy is doing a really good job!!
    It's not like the others "expertvillage" videos.
    Thankyou and congratulations, man!!!

  3. Great tips. Hey, for everyone out there that likes to make movies, Independent/amateur ones, I want to be a film composer, so if you guys need a composer, contact me and I'll help you guys out on the music part of your film. Some of my music is on my site, which is on my channel. Check it out. Thanks.

  4. This guy is awesome. Well educated and a true expert at screenplay writing. He reminds me of Morgan Freeman and some kind of t.v guy.

  5. I DO see how writing too many characters can become a nightmare…and I HAVE been writing too many characters! It's different to see it visually. I took Robert McKee's class at UCLA, and I came away really confused! Don't tell him I said that…I'm afraid of him!

  6. Absolutely outstanding Ron you took something that seems to be so complicated and made it simple. You should teach classes in person. (Someone out there get this Wonderful Teacher in an Auditorium filled with hungry student that want to learn now to write a script keeping it simple) The way you present How To Write a Movie Script is excellent Thank you Ron for taking the time! Youre a Rock Star!

  7. You are a good teacher man 🙂 but you should have numbered each step cuz now im kinda lost. 🙁 i really wished it was number so it can help because i've already written my screenplay a Thriller and i just need to know how to professionally type it up. Im sure it will be picked up by a film company, i hope Screen gems will be interested. But firsti need to re-type the whole thing like the "expervillage" way so that it looks like a real script and not some amutre shit. 🙁

  8. if your so good at making theses acts does this mean youve created alot of movies because it is hard to actually make movies it takes lots of creative thought lots of stress and lots of doing you make it seem like it so easy to make theses kinds of things but yes you do make good vids.

  9. order of videos
    1) Writing Your First Movie Script 2) How to Get started 3) 3 Act Structure 4) Characters 5) Movie Script Length 6) Conflict 7) Protagonist 8) Supporting Characters 9) Story Turns 10) Fire Point 11) Plot and Subplot 12) Dialogue 13) Format Action 14) Format Narrative 15) Format Heading 16) Theme Patterns

  10. @zbarneyz
    Yeah, If there's a playlist that's great. When I left this comment over 2 years ago, there was no playlist hence the 25 thumbs up.

  11. Hey everyone!
    This is the sequence ..

    1)Writing Your First Movie Script 2) How to Get started 3) 3 Act Structure 4) Characters 5) Movie Script Length 6) Conflict 7) Protagonist 8) Supporting Characters 9) Story Turns 10) Fire Point 11) Plot and Subplot 12) Dialogue 13) Format Action 14) Format Narrative 15) Format Heading 16) Theme Patterns.

    =)

  12. What happens if I'm making a character but its basically the villain of the movie so they're problem doesn't really get fixed is that ok?

  13. Well I had a story in mind with no firm foundations, I saw these videos and it's fitting in nicely, but I do need to put this stuff on paper to organise things, thanks mate.

  14. I'm writing an adaptation of something a lot of us grew up with and I'm only one character is made up

  15. hey, man, it's ok if I put a plot first before the dialogue or it has to be first the dialogue and then the plot? or the plot goes in a separate page?

  16. I dont know why they divided this tutorial in so many small videos. It's annoying having to look up for each one of them in the right order, when they could've just uploaded one long video :L

  17. What awards did YOU win? Its like me teaching someone how to fly a plane, I DONT know how to fly a plane!!! You should make a video,how NOT to where a hair piece.

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