Deep Characterisation Lockdown

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Location: Live Online Only via Zoom
Next Date: Saturday and Sunday 1st / 2nd August 16:00 – 21:00 UK time
Price: £145.00
This course is Live Online Only and will not be recorded

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What is ‘Deep Characterisation’

Think of any film or TV series that you loved and it’s nearly always the main character that stays with you – they’re engaging and believable. Presenter Kira-Anne Pelican calls this ‘Deep Characterisation’.

For many writers, learning how to write deep characters is hard. It isn’t helped by the fact that many of the best-known approaches to characterisation are over-simplistic and grounded in pop psychology.

Using a completely new set of tools based on the very latest psychological research, this weekend workshop will provide you with the understanding you need to create compelling and psychologically-credible characters. You’ll learn what complexity in a character actually means, and how to achieve this when writing your own characters.

Deep Characterisation is an essential workshop for any writer who wants to master character psychology and capture their audience’s imagination.


About The Workshop

Deep Characterisation Lockdown is a 4-session, interactive character workshop covering all the tools that a writer needs in order to develop memorable and psychologically-credible characters.


Saturday 30th May, 4-6pm
  • Audit your character using tools from personality psychology
  • Learn how to develop a rounded and psychologically-credible character using the Five Factor model of personality
  • Develop your character’s complexities and nuances using the 30 facets of personality
  • Discover the ways in which you can make your character stand out from the crowd
  • Learn how to develop compelling character relationships that engage audiences and ring true


Saturday 30th May, 7-9pm
  • Learn how personality is expressed in dialogue and sub-text
  • Discover what a character’s fluency of speech, sentence structure and use of language tells us about their personality
  • Master the use of simple but highly effective tools to bring your character to life through speech and actions


Sunday 31st May, 4-6pm
  • Discover the relationship between character motivations and box office
  • Learn the 12 different methods people use to get what they want
  • Understand when, why and how people transform


Sunday 31st May, 7-9pm
  • Understand why some of the most memorable characters are sympathetic, while others are fascinating
  • Discover how to maximise audience identification with your character
  • Master the art of writing a fascinating character
  • Learn why some emotions are particularly powerful for filmmakers
  • Chart the highs and lows of your character’s emotional journey
  • Find the right ending for your story

Who Should Attend

The Deep Characterisation workshop is for all writers, directors and visual storytellers who want to better understand how to create engaging and believable characters using the latest research from evidence-based psychology. Bring along ideas for the character that you’re currently developing, and leave these sessions with all the tools you’ll need to bring your character to life on the page.

About the tutor

deep characterisation lockdown

I am a script consultant, a researcher and a lecturer in screenwriting, with 25 years of experience working in the British, American and Chinese film and TV industries.

I began my career assisting director Stanley Kubrick in the production of Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Next followed a stint working within the BBC’s ground-breaking Virtual Studios department, after which I took posts as a Visual Effects Technical Director and then VFX Producer for ESC Entertainment, a Warner Bros company. After assisting in the production of The Matrix Revolutions (2003)The Matrix Reloaded (2003)Catwoman (2004) and The Ladykillers (2004), I retrained in screenwriting at UCLA. I wrote two original TV series which were optioned and developed by the BBC and ITV, before founding my screenplay consultancy in 2006. Since then I have worked with hundreds of writers and producers across the world. In 2017, I was awarded a PhD for my research into forecasting a film’s box office from its narrative.

Creative areas of interest 

I am interested in using psychological approaches towards the creation of compelling and believable characters; cross-cultural universals in film narratives and box office forecasting from the screenplay.

Mentoring strengths

As an experienced script consultant, my strengths are in understanding character, story and structure and how these work together to create emotionally engaging films.

Kira Anne also teaches Moneybal for Filmmakers and Investors and Deep Characterisation Masterclass at Raindance.


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2 reviews for


Deep Characterisation Lockdown

  1. Wyndham Price (verified owner)

    I’ll keep this short. Kira -Anne was sensational. Precision, clarity and a wonderfully engaging personality. Superb!!

  2. Wyndham Price

    Sensational. Kira Anne is a great teacher. Clarity Precision and loads of information. All taught in a fabulously engaging and humble way which made absorption easier. Fantastic!

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