Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hello readers!

Happy September!

I've been so busy. I've fallen behind on my posts.

Today I have an interesting article for you to read. It is from ScriptMag. The article is about forming an antagonist everyone will love and hate at the same time. Click below to read more.

Understanding Antagonists
imageplaceholderJeanne Veillette Bowerman
Online Editor

This week's screenwriting tip is from Kay Loveridge on crawling into the mind of the antagonist.

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by Kayley Loveridge

I love a good 'bad guy.'

I also love a good 'bad woman.'

If a film or screenplay makes me loath but love, then empathise but hate the antagonist - all in one sitting - then a massive bravo to that screenwriter from yours truly (insert standing ovation here).

The antagonist is arguably the most complex and fascinating (and definitely my personal favourite) character in fiction, and as a story analyst, it always makes me fist pump the sky in my mind when I come across that rare gem in a script. What you'll be pleased to know, is that not every screenwriter with agents or huge credits in Hollywood are completely exempt from writing the odd 'flat' antagonist, so how can you plump him/her up and deliver a full-bodied and exciting character?

The key is in his psychology. Who is the antagonist and why does he do the things he does? As the writer, you are responsible for giving soul and consciousness to your characters, and when you allow for your characters to become three dimensional, sentient beings, they become decision makers for themselves and this is what ultimately drives the plot forward.

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

For every action the antagonist takes in opposition to their protagonist, there must be a motivation, a reason behind their choices. These could stem from...

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