how to make youraudience fall in love                With Brian Bird
how to make youraudience fall in love   { P.S. It’s all about… ACT ONE
1.{introduction}
what are yourfavorite movies?
why are they yourfavorite movies?
is it the explosions?
is it babes in bikinis?
is it the cool plot twists?
is it the cool plot twists?
the right answer:
the right answer:    real, living, breathing    3-dimensional characters    who we care deeply    about…        who we…   ...
what movie characters haveyou fallen in love with?
Melvin Udall           AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Melvin Udall            AS GOOD AS IT GETS• Obsessive-  Compulsive  Disorder• Anti-semite• Homo-phobe• Anger-management  i...
Rodrigo Mendoza               THE MISSION
Rodrigo Mendoza               THE MISSION                   • Slave-trader                   • Adulterer                  ...
Marge Gunderson               FARGO
Marge Gunderson               FARGO• Nicest police officer ever  on film• 7 months pregnant and  on the job in -40 weather...
2.{why ACT ONE is everything}
Basic screenplay structure:  Act One – WHO is story about?
Basic screenplay structure:  Act One – WHO is story about?  Act Two – WHAT problem does   WHO have to solve?
Basic screenplay structure:  Act One – WHO is story about?  Act Two – WHAT problem does    WHO have to solve?    Act Three...
Act One = WHO
Act One = WHONo WHO = no movie (story)
Act One = WHONo WHO = no movie (story)    WHO = everything
3.{the BONE STRUCTUREAct    of good characters}
the BONE STRUCTURE  of good charactersAct      1. PHYSIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE  of good charactersAct      1. PHYSIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE      of good charactersAct      1. PHYSIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct       1. PHYSIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct       1. PHYSIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct  1. PHYSIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE        of good characters          1. PHISIOLOGY• SEX, GENDER      Act• AGE• HEIGHT, WIDTH• HAIR, EYE, ...
the BONE STRUCTURE  of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE  of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE      of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct      2. SOCIOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE        of good characters          2. SOCIOLOGY     Act• CLASS… UPPER, MIDDLE, LOWER?• RACE, ETHNICITY,...
the BONE STRUCTURE  of good charactersAct      3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE   of good charactersAct      3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct       3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct       3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE         of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE        of good characters         3. PSYCHOLOGY• SEX Act MORAL STANDARDS?      LIFE,• PERSONAL PREMISE,...
the BONE STRUCTURE  of good characters      1. PHYSIOLOGYAct       2. SOCIOLOGY      3. PSYCHOLOGY
the BONE STRUCTURE  of good characters      1. PHYSIOLOGYAct       2. SOCIOLOGY      3. PSYCHOLOGY      4. SPIRITUALITY
4.{characters we love…
4.{characters we love…   always GROW}
The Hero With a Thousand Faces    By Joseph Campbell
The Writer’s JourneyBy Christopher Vogler
characters we love…                  always GROW
characters we love…                  always GROWThe only predictable thing about human beings   is that they are always tr...
characters we love…           always go on journeys    •   It is a journey of growth:        • From despair to hope       ...
characters we love…           always go on journeys    •   It does not have to be a journey from        one pole to another:
characters we love…           always go on journeys    •   It does not have to be a journey from        one pole to anothe...
characters we love…           always go on journeys  •   Only one possible scenario in which      character doesn’t go on ...
characters we love…           always go on journeys  •   Only one possible scenario in which      character doesn’t go on ...
TEACHING POINT!
characters we love…                  always GROW   •   Without character growth, there is no…
characters we love…                  always GROW   •   Without character growth, there is no…              CONFLICT
CONFLICT is the fuel of growth…    … growth is the reaction to CONFLICT
TEACHING POINT NO. 2!
characters we love…                  always GROW   •   Character growth must be ORGANIC…
characters we love…                  always GROW   •   Character growth must be ORGANIC…       • No change just for change...
what movie charactergrowth journeys have youfallen in love with?
Guido Orefice            LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Michael Clayton             MICHAEL CLAYTON
Alvin Straight   THE STRAIGHT STORY
Micah Mangena   BOPHA!
5.{characters we love…
5.    {characters we love…are always CONTRADICTORY}
internalcontradictions aredialectical
internalcontradictions aredialecticaloriginalproposition =
internalcontradictions aredialecticaloriginalproposition = thesis
originalproposition = thesiscontradiction =
originalproposition = thesiscontradiction =        antithesis
originalproposition = thesiscontradiction =        antithesisresolution =
originalproposition = thesiscontradiction =        antithesisresolution =      synthesis
synthesis =
synthesis =              TRUTH
we love contradictorycharacters…
we love contradictorycharacters…  •   A bundle of paradoxes  •   Full of flaws  •   Labyrinths of inconsistency  •   Plan ...
CONTRAST
what contradictory movie   characters have you fallenin love with?
Bruce WayneTHE DARK KNIGHT
Oskar Schindler SCHINDLER’S LIST
Fantine   LES MISERABLES
Walter White    BREAKING BAD
6.{characters we love…
6.{characters we love… are NEVER WIMPS}
strength of will
strength of will  •   Fight for their convictions  •   Be able to bear humiliation  •   Not run from the journey  •   Carr...
we love characters who arenever wimps…
we love characters who arenever wimps…  •   Stubborn and full of spit and vinegar  •   Will fight to the last drop of bloo...
what strong(non-wimpy)moviecharacters haveyou fallen inlove with?
William WallaceBRAVEHEART
Ray KinsellaFIELD OF DREAMS
Chuck TatumACE IN THE HOLE
7.{which comes first…
7.{which comes first… plot or character?}
the answer to this age-old      question is…
the answer to this age-old      question is…                 YES!!!
Simple screenplay math:     plot   + dialogue   + genre   + conflict
Simple screenplay math:     plot   + dialogue   + genre   + conflict   = CHARACTER 2
a cord of three strands is noteasily broken               Ecclesiastes 4:12
Scene test: Character+ want/desire+ plot point=
Scene test: Character+ want/desire+ plot point=               2
@brbirdwww.brianbird.net
www.brianbird.net
www.bestsellersociety.com
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
Brian Bird - Make Your Audience Fall in Love
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The Bestseller Society presented a live webinar with successful screenwriter Brian Bird in which he shared his tips on creating characters that will resonate with an audience.

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  1. 1. how to make youraudience fall in love With Brian Bird
  2. 2. how to make youraudience fall in love { P.S. It’s all about… ACT ONE
  3. 3. 1.{introduction}
  4. 4. what are yourfavorite movies?
  5. 5. why are they yourfavorite movies?
  6. 6. is it the explosions?
  7. 7. is it babes in bikinis?
  8. 8. is it the cool plot twists?
  9. 9. is it the cool plot twists?
  10. 10. the right answer:
  11. 11. the right answer: real, living, breathing 3-dimensional characters who we care deeply about… who we… fall in love with
  12. 12. what movie characters haveyou fallen in love with?
  13. 13. Melvin Udall AS GOOD AS IT GETS
  14. 14. Melvin Udall AS GOOD AS IT GETS• Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder• Anti-semite• Homo-phobe• Anger-management issues• World’s best romance novelist
  15. 15. Rodrigo Mendoza THE MISSION
  16. 16. Rodrigo Mendoza THE MISSION • Slave-trader • Adulterer • Kills brother in fit of passion • Could not forgive himself • Forgiven by tribe he enslaved • Becomes a priest
  17. 17. Marge Gunderson FARGO
  18. 18. Marge Gunderson FARGO• Nicest police officer ever on film• 7 months pregnant and on the job in -40 weather• Doesn’t let pregnancy or cold stop her from solving grisly murders• Solves crime, shoots murderer in leg even though he deserves to die… because it’s the right thing to do
  19. 19. 2.{why ACT ONE is everything}
  20. 20. Basic screenplay structure: Act One – WHO is story about?
  21. 21. Basic screenplay structure: Act One – WHO is story about? Act Two – WHAT problem does WHO have to solve?
  22. 22. Basic screenplay structure: Act One – WHO is story about? Act Two – WHAT problem does WHO have to solve? Act Three – How will WHO solvehis WHAT?
  23. 23. Act One = WHO
  24. 24. Act One = WHONo WHO = no movie (story)
  25. 25. Act One = WHONo WHO = no movie (story) WHO = everything
  26. 26. 3.{the BONE STRUCTUREAct of good characters}
  27. 27. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 1. PHYSIOLOGY
  28. 28. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 1. PHYSIOLOGY
  29. 29. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 1. PHYSIOLOGY
  30. 30. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 1. PHYSIOLOGY
  31. 31. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 1. PHYSIOLOGY
  32. 32. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 1. PHYSIOLOGY
  33. 33. the BONE STRUCTURE of good characters 1. PHISIOLOGY• SEX, GENDER Act• AGE• HEIGHT, WIDTH• HAIR, EYE, SKIN COLOR• APPEARANCE: OVERWEIGHT, SKINNY,. HANDSOME, UGLY?• DEFECTS, DEFORMITIES, BIRTHMARKS, DISEASES?• HEREDITY
  34. 34. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  35. 35. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  36. 36. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  37. 37. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  38. 38. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  39. 39. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  40. 40. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  41. 41. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 2. SOCIOLOGY
  42. 42. the BONE STRUCTURE of good characters 2. SOCIOLOGY Act• CLASS… UPPER, MIDDLE, LOWER?• RACE, ETHNICITY, NATIONALITY?• OCCUPATION, TYPE OF WORK?• EDUCATION? HOW MUCH? HOW LITTLE?• HOME LIFE, MARITAL STATUS? FAMILY STATUS?• VICES, AMUSEMENTS, HOBBIES?
  43. 43. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  44. 44. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  45. 45. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  46. 46. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  47. 47. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  48. 48. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  49. 49. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  50. 50. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  51. 51. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  52. 52. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  53. 53. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  54. 54. the BONE STRUCTURE of good charactersAct 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  55. 55. the BONE STRUCTURE of good characters 3. PSYCHOLOGY• SEX Act MORAL STANDARDS? LIFE,• PERSONAL PREMISE, PASSIONS, AMIBTIONS?• FRUSTRATIONS, DISAPPOINTMENTS?• TEMPERAMENT: PESSIMISTIC? OPTIMISTIC?• OBSSESSIONS? INHIBITIONS? SUPERSTITIONS?• EXTROVERT? INTROVERT?• ABILITIES, IQ, TALENTS, SKILLS, IMAGINATION?
  56. 56. the BONE STRUCTURE of good characters 1. PHYSIOLOGYAct 2. SOCIOLOGY 3. PSYCHOLOGY
  57. 57. the BONE STRUCTURE of good characters 1. PHYSIOLOGYAct 2. SOCIOLOGY 3. PSYCHOLOGY 4. SPIRITUALITY
  58. 58. 4.{characters we love…
  59. 59. 4.{characters we love… always GROW}
  60. 60. The Hero With a Thousand Faces By Joseph Campbell
  61. 61. The Writer’s JourneyBy Christopher Vogler
  62. 62. characters we love… always GROW
  63. 63. characters we love… always GROWThe only predictable thing about human beings is that they are always trying to change. Well-drawn characters must go on personal quests or journeys.
  64. 64. characters we love… always go on journeys • It is a journey of growth: • From despair to hope • From uncertainty to conviction • From animosity to love • From hope to despair
  65. 65. characters we love… always go on journeys • It does not have to be a journey from one pole to another:
  66. 66. characters we love… always go on journeys • It does not have to be a journey from one pole to another: • From poverty to crime • From longing for a dream… to an awakening to a new reality
  67. 67. characters we love… always go on journeys • Only one possible scenario in which character doesn’t go on a journey:
  68. 68. characters we love… always go on journeys • Only one possible scenario in which character doesn’t go on a journey: REALLY BAD WRITING!!!!!
  69. 69. TEACHING POINT!
  70. 70. characters we love… always GROW • Without character growth, there is no…
  71. 71. characters we love… always GROW • Without character growth, there is no… CONFLICT
  72. 72. CONFLICT is the fuel of growth… … growth is the reaction to CONFLICT
  73. 73. TEACHING POINT NO. 2!
  74. 74. characters we love… always GROW • Character growth must be ORGANIC…
  75. 75. characters we love… always GROW • Character growth must be ORGANIC… • No change just for change sake • Character’s growth journey must be organic to his bone structure
  76. 76. what movie charactergrowth journeys have youfallen in love with?
  77. 77. Guido Orefice LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
  78. 78. Michael Clayton MICHAEL CLAYTON
  79. 79. Alvin Straight THE STRAIGHT STORY
  80. 80. Micah Mangena BOPHA!
  81. 81. 5.{characters we love…
  82. 82. 5. {characters we love…are always CONTRADICTORY}
  83. 83. internalcontradictions aredialectical
  84. 84. internalcontradictions aredialecticaloriginalproposition =
  85. 85. internalcontradictions aredialecticaloriginalproposition = thesis
  86. 86. originalproposition = thesiscontradiction =
  87. 87. originalproposition = thesiscontradiction = antithesis
  88. 88. originalproposition = thesiscontradiction = antithesisresolution =
  89. 89. originalproposition = thesiscontradiction = antithesisresolution = synthesis
  90. 90. synthesis =
  91. 91. synthesis = TRUTH
  92. 92. we love contradictorycharacters…
  93. 93. we love contradictorycharacters… • A bundle of paradoxes • Full of flaws • Labyrinths of inconsistency • Plan one thing and do another • Remind us of ourselves
  94. 94. CONTRAST
  95. 95. what contradictory movie characters have you fallenin love with?
  96. 96. Bruce WayneTHE DARK KNIGHT
  97. 97. Oskar Schindler SCHINDLER’S LIST
  98. 98. Fantine LES MISERABLES
  99. 99. Walter White BREAKING BAD
  100. 100. 6.{characters we love…
  101. 101. 6.{characters we love… are NEVER WIMPS}
  102. 102. strength of will
  103. 103. strength of will • Fight for their convictions • Be able to bear humiliation • Not run from the journey • Carry burden of prolonged conflict
  104. 104. we love characters who arenever wimps…
  105. 105. we love characters who arenever wimps… • Stubborn and full of spit and vinegar • Will fight to the last drop of blood • Hate bullies and injustice • Refuse to take “no” for an answer • We want to be like them (wish-fulfillment)
  106. 106. what strong(non-wimpy)moviecharacters haveyou fallen inlove with?
  107. 107. William WallaceBRAVEHEART
  108. 108. Ray KinsellaFIELD OF DREAMS
  109. 109. Chuck TatumACE IN THE HOLE
  110. 110. 7.{which comes first…
  111. 111. 7.{which comes first… plot or character?}
  112. 112. the answer to this age-old question is…
  113. 113. the answer to this age-old question is… YES!!!
  114. 114. Simple screenplay math: plot + dialogue + genre + conflict
  115. 115. Simple screenplay math: plot + dialogue + genre + conflict = CHARACTER 2
  116. 116. a cord of three strands is noteasily broken Ecclesiastes 4:12
  117. 117. Scene test: Character+ want/desire+ plot point=
  118. 118. Scene test: Character+ want/desire+ plot point= 2
  119. 119. @brbirdwww.brianbird.net
  120. 120. www.brianbird.net
  121. 121. www.bestsellersociety.com

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