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Week 4

by: Nicholas Spriggs

Week 4 Com 316

Nicholas Spriggs
Elon University

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Because we didn't cover much material this week the following notes will only consist of the Six Ways to Reveal Character on The Page.
Writing for TV and Cinema
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nicholas Spriggs on Sunday September 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Com 316 at Elon University taught by Youssef Osman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Writing for TV and Cinema in Communications at Elon University.

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Date Created: 09/25/16
Writing For Cinema and Television Weeks 4 Six Ways to Reveal Character on The Page 1.Description and Name: One the easiest ways to reveal your character is to write out a brief description of his name, personality, and characteristics. Example: “This is Ricky Fitts. He’s 18, but his eyes are much older. Underneath his zen-like tranquility lurks something wounded…and dangerous" 2.Contrast: A more sophisticated way to reveal your character is to compare and contrast them to someone who lacks the traits that they have. Example: Have a happy character in the presence of sad characters 3.How they affect others: Focus on how other characters are affected by the protagonist as a way of revealing the nature of your character. Example: In “The Apartment”, the executives are shown to benefit from Baxter’s spinelessness, which reveals a lot about what kind of person Baxter is. 4.Dialogue (This is underused because over how clunky it is) Use dialogue to discuss your character. Have others reveal characteristics of your protagonist through casual conversation. Example: Grace and the servants discussing her children’s medical conditions in “The Others’. 5.Actions/Reactions/and decisions Have your characters actions contribute to the audience’s understanding of them. Example: Louise shooting Thelma’s almost-rapist, which hints at her abusive past. 6.Mannerisms, symbols, and props: Focus on the character physical actions. Emphasize what makes them unique and what distinguishes them from other people.


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