Phil Parker (The Art and Science of Screen writing) suggests all characters in any dramatic form have three essential aspects :
Outer presence – ‘dominant impression’
Inner presence – ‘dominant attitude’
Context – ‘world of the character’
So what should the screen writer consider when constructing a character?
Dominant Impression – created by the character, dependent upon age, sex, mannerisms, physical appearance, clothes, grooming, movement, style of speech etc.
Dominant attitude – of the character is based on their intelligence, knowledge, personality, temperament, likes, dislikes, beliefs, fears, goals, self image etc.
The world of the character – based on relationships with friends, colleagues, lovers, cultural background – class, education, place of birth, ethnicity, personal history- significant events in their life / their personal ‘back story’
But beware !!!!
You won’t make a believable character simply by adding these elements
Does the audience really need to know that the character has a fear of ducks or loves the colour blue??
How a character acts in a crisis.
A character is defined by ACTION
How would your character behave under pressure?
CONTINUOUS EVALUATION OTHER – key points which struck you about the task. Personal thoughts and feelings.
TARGET FOR NEXT ACTION/ IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE – How can you use what you learnt here?
HW 13B & 13 A – Mon 6 th Oct
Minimum one film viewed and analysis of key scenes completed
HW Tuesday 2 dec
All these tasks need to be completed in your logs and separately evaluated in this chart as well.
Watched ‘Ice cream dreams’, ‘Stripes’ and ‘Hard Labour’ ‘First time it hits’ Textual analysis