The Lockdown Sessions: The Truth is Not Your Friend

The Lockdown Sessions: Writing Characters with Psychological Disorders Part One

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At a glance

  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of relevant and practical advice from an industry professional
  • Ask questions and get instant response

Characters like Jack Torrance in The Shining or Melvin in As Good as It Gets are endlessly compelling. Behind the great performances, the writing gets beyond the archetypes and draws complex characters with clear motivations and actions. Here is your chance to write this kind of fascinating film characters yourself.

What you will learn

  • How to write characters with PTSD, amnesia, easting disorders, and narcissistic traits.
  • How to get inside their head without losing your mind
  • How to write characters with psychological disorders with strong actions and motivations

About the Tutor

Viktoria Szemeredy is an award-wining writer and director based in Budapest, Hungary, and an alumni of the Raindance MA in Filmmaking. Her credits include the short films Butterfly Daughter, Metaphorms, and the upcoming U Up? She previously was an emergency doctor for ten years, and a psychotherapist for ten years before changing lanes with the Raindance MA and becoming a filmmaker.

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3 reviews for The Lockdown Sessions: Writing Characters with Psychological Disorders Part One

  1. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    The Raindance Lockdown sessions are much more than simple lectures about films. Each time, a talented speaker adds to the chosen film topic of the day his or her personal and original work experience and background in a variety of fields, this time Dr Viktoria Szemeredy, an emergency doctor and psychotherapist turned filmmaker. This exciting talk was Part 1 of a presentation about how to write characters with psychological disorders. We were offered a description of dysfunctional mental states and emotions, from post traumatic stress to eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, over-eating), anxiety, amnesia, pica (eating things which are not food), phobias, unwanted thoughts, irrational worries etc, in other words a variety of psychological disturbances analysed both from a medical point of view and a cinematographic prospect as the subject matter of a possible screenplay. How interesting as this is all linked to one of our most ancestral and irrational emotions : fear, which arises without any logic and/or predictability and which is so difficult to overcome. Take me for example. Whilst I am absolutely not afraid of the current situation situation linked to the Corona virus I absolutely dread flying and turn as green as a French frog – which I am – at the first turbulence. And more embarrassingly whenever I meet a nice man – not so many these days anyway – I immediately feel terrified at the possibility that he may turn into some sort of lunatic Norman Bates or Marquis de Sade with poor me ending up both in lockdown and locked up in a sinister Bates Motel or other very unpleasant place… I am very much looking forward to Part 2 of this interesting talk which will take place in another lockdown – but not locked up- session on 23 June.

  2. Barbara Vonau

    Great Introduction on the psychological background of characters with mental illness. I would have wanted to see a bit more on how to show the characteristics of their behaviour, the visuals, how to express and show these characters in my writing. However I appreciate one hour is not long enough to delve deeper into the subject matter and an approach that combines the deep characterisation approach with the above would be fabulous-if you want to make a part 3 to the series?

  3. Ana Ramos (verified owner)

    Well structured masterclass. Maybe my expectations were too high but I hope the Part 2 brings us more film examples and visual techniques to dress our characters. The pathologies themselves can be looked up easily. See you next week!

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