Deep Characterisation Workshop

$197.90 $178.11

Date: Saturday 30 June, 10:00 – 17:00
Duration: One day
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE

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What is ‘Deep Characterisation’

Think of any film 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’.

Learning to create deep characters is one of the hardest skills writers need to develop. It isn’t helped by the fact that many of the best-known approaches to characterisation are over simplistic and based on pop psychology. 

Using a completely new set of tools based on the very latest psychological research, this one-day workshop will provide you with the understanding you need to create compelling and psychologically-credible characters. Deep Characterisation an essential class for any writer who wants to master character psychology and capture their audience’s imagination. The side-effect is, of course, a script with deep characterisation is easier to sell.

About The Workshop

Deep Characterisation is a one-day, in-depth character workshop covering all the tools that a writer needs to develop compelling and psychologically-credible characters.


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 tools based on the latest research into personality psychology.

If you’re a writer who has been given the note that your characters need work, then this is the course for you!


What will you learn

  • Why personality psychology is the best tool for creating fully dimensional characters
  • How to apply the “Big Five” personality traits in order to bring your characters to life
  • How to develop complexity and nuance into your characters using the thirty facets of personality
  • How personality shapes behaviour, dialogue, speech patterns and even mannerisms
  • How to use to personality to create captivating character relationships


How will you be taught

The day will be structured as in-depth character development workshop. Bring an idea for a character that you’re currently working on, and through a series of individual and group exercises with peer and tutor feedback, by the end of the day you’ll go away with a really good understanding of who your character is, and how to bring them alive on the page.


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. She is widely credited with developing Deep Characterisation as a storytelling tool.

She began her career assisting director Stanley Kubrick in the production of Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Next followed a stint working within the BBC’s groundbreaking Virtual Studios department, after which Kira-Anne 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 Kira-Anne has worked with hundreds of writers and producers across the world and specialises in character development, transnational story consultancy and box office forecasting.

In 2017, Kira-Anne was awarded a PhD for her research into forecasting a film’s box office from its narrative using deep data and the psychological tools she has developed for her deep Characterisation Workshop.

Raindance is thrilled and honoured to be presenting this class in London.

Did you know?

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