At a glance
- Learn how to develop and analyse the characters using new techniques
- Discover a completely new set of tools based on the very latest psychological research
- Learn from a master of storytelling
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 Deep Characterisation Screenwriting Workshop
Session 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
Session 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
Session 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
Kira-Anne Pelican is 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, and author of The Science of Writing Characters: Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters.
Kira-Anne began her 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 she 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), Kira-Anne retrained in screenwriting at UCLA. She wrote two original TV series which were optioned and developed by the BBC and ITV, before founding her screenplay consultancy in 2006. Since then she has worked with hundreds of writers and producers across the world. In 2017, Kira-Anne was awarded a PhD for her research into forecasting a film’s box office from its narrative.