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-
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
Lockdown 1 – DEVELOPING YOUR CHARACTER:
- 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
Lockdown 2 – GETTING YOUR CHARACTER DOWN ON THE PAGE:
- 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
Lockdown 3 – CHARACTER GOALS AND ARCS:
- 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
Session 4 – EMOTIONS, YOUR CHARACTER AND YOUR AUDIENCE:
- 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
About the tutor
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.
As an experienced script consultant, my strengths are in understanding character, story and structure and how these work together to create emotionally engaging films.