The Lockdown Sessions: Writing Characters Under Pressure


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Developing great characters can be challenging even during the easiest of times. But when you’re trying to write a memorable character during a worldwide pandemic, let’s just say that it probably feels like the pressure is on.

In this hour-long class we’ll look at some psychological techniques to help enhance your creativity and maintain your focus. And we’ll also look how your characters are likely to behave when THEY’RE under pressure in your screenplays. Because at the heart of every great film, TV series or novel is a character under pressure.

So how do people behave under stress, and how can you utilise this to make your stories work even better?

Who is the session for?

Writers of all stages who want to develop more engaging characters.

What will you learn?

Psychological techniques to help enhance your creativity and focus

How people of all different personality types respond to pressure, and how you can use this to create more engaging and believable characters.

How pressure contributes to the way that people change, and what we can learn from this when developing realistic and memorable character arcs

About presenter Kira-Anne Pelican

The Lockdown Sessions: Writing Characters Under Pressure

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 Invstors and Deep Characterisation Masterclass at Raindance

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