If you're like me, ideas are probably springing to
before going on, use this box to jot them down. These include:
>> any twists in your story (e.g.,
fatale's sister is also her daughter, girl is really a guy, you're
actually on Mars), and
>> any obstacles your main
face (e.g., amnesia, an ingenious flesh-eating bad guy, a daring
escape across Mt. Rushmore).
You will undoubtedly change these later, but you may
clear your brain.
- Batman saves innocent people. Why? Because
couldn't save his parents. He
wants to redeem himself.
- Dorothy dreams about
killing a witch. Why? Because
dog. She wants revenge.
- Elliot helps ET. Why?
Because his parents
him. He wants love.
- Lt. Kaffee
prosecutes Col. Jessup. Why? Because
him. He wants to prove himself.
Okay, so The Wizard of Oz isn't only a
actions. He or she must have a history in order to make them seem real.
This step helps enormously in knowing what decisions your character
will make down the road.
Use the format above - I've included some prompts to
If you've done the previous excersise correctly, you
a good idea what your character wants.
To put it another way, what are they IN WANT OF? What
lack, the achievement of which will make them happy?
This is a difficult but key question. Some common
2) self esteem (dignity, to prove oneself)
3) to right past wrongs (to redeem oneself)
4) to survive, or escape
A clear motivation keeps the audience invested in
eager to know the outcome. It gives you something to put obstacles in
front of. And most importantly, it helps you decide which plot events
are right and which ones will lead you astray.
The motivation can change or be compounded as the
learns new information, but as in all things, the simpler the better.
Also, set up your motivation as early in the script as possible. It's
the reason people keep watching.
MY CHARACER WANTS:
Note: If your movie has two
should ultimately be the same thing. In Thelma
women want to escape their dreary
lives (and succeed,
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