How to Write a Movie Script With Characters That Don’t Suck (ScriptBully Book Series)

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"Must-read for anyone attempting to write a screenplay. It has been a tremendous help! " -Jennifer

"You got to have good characters to have a good screenplay. (I've seen enough bad movies to know that's true.) And this little book can go a long way toward helping you create characters that viewers will remember." – Jewyl

"In 60 pages, Michael Rogan presents more substantial ways to create "keeper" characters than any of my writing coaches did in a lifetime. Kudos." – Crispy

Learning how to write a movie script is more than just figuring out the margins and hitting a few plot points along the way. (Sorry, Syd Field.)

It’s about infusing your movie scripts with emotion, dilemma, and the best kick-ass characters you can write.

Characters aren't just simply a part of the structure of a story.They are the story.

They're the way we emotionally connect to the events in a movie.

They're the bait we use to attract Hollywood talent to read our scripts.

They're the cultural icons and visual symbols that define—and sometimes even shake–a generation.

And they're what many screenwriters royally screw up most of the time.

It’s not your fault.

I blame all the “how to write a movie script” books out therethat try to reduce the creation of characters to series of chemistry test-tube experiments. (If we can just figure out what our hero’s favorite color or what Jungian archetype he represents or what two binary “values” he then we’ll be halfway there.)

Unfortunately that’s like asking Emeril Legasse to use a Betty Crocker cookbook.

We do not pay 40 dollars a plate for Emeril to use the “right” ingredients in his gumbo, or to give us a gumbo according to a rigid structure or to make sure he followed the rules.

We’re looking for something magical. Something transcendent. Something…we’ve never had before.

And here’s a secret…

So are actors and directors.

And actors and directors get stuff made in this business.

This doesn’t mean plot doesn’t have a place. (I’ve seen enough films at
Sundance to know that character ain’t nearly enough.)

But the best way I know to teach you how to write a movie script and sell it is to focus on the characters.

Not their traits but their dilemmas. Their actions under stress. And it’s hard to create the right stress, the right dilemmas, the right plot without knowing your character really, really well. do you do that?

In “How to Write a Movie Script With Characters That Don't Suck” we’ll go over:

• How to Create Characters People Give a Crap About
• How to Create Characters That Don’t All Sound Like You
• The Whole Character VS. Plot Debate
• How to Find Great Characters Within a 5-mile radius, no matter where you live
• How to Write Villains That Hollywood Actors Want to Play

I go over some 21st-century techniques—the internet is a wonderful thing—to find characters that are dynamic, unique and, ultimately, a little more personal.
It's no coincidence that James Cameron's films all tend to be about individuals fighting against the evils of scientific progress. (The Abyss, Titanic, Avatar, Aliens)

Or that Steven Spielberg is interested in the child-like innocence of youth—and how to preserve and re-claim it against the forces that try to stamp it out. (Too many films to mention.)

But it helps to find out who the heroes and villains in your life are.

And if you stick with it, and push past your own resistance, you'll find your characters come alive.

And writing with characters like this, can be one of the biggest joys in the entire world. (Short of selling your movie script for hundreds of thousands of dollars and purchasing an overpriced Italian sports car.)

So pick up a copy of “How to Write a Movie Script With Characters That Don't Suck” and …who knows…you might just find it’s the last piece of the puzzle to take your movie scripts fro

Product Details

  • File Size: 1905 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083V24NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Great tips for breaking away from stock characters

7 people found this helpful.
 on June 27, 2012
By Laura Roberts
While you can certainly read through this book in an afternoon, you’ll want to devote more time to it than that. Anyone who’s ever written a movie script, either for fun or profit, will tell you that Rogan is correct when he notes that “Creating interesting, realistic characters is… hard.” Why? Because there’s no FORMULA for it, and any characters you create by using a formula will invariably come across as such.

The Only Book You Will Ever Need on Character Development

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 2, 2015
By RL Black
Wow, I am so glad I read this book. All I have to say is this: if, like me, you’ve read tons of books on how to create great characters, you’ve wasted a lot of money and time, when all you needed was this one. However, if you’ve never purchased a how-to book on characters, you’re in luck, because this is the only reference you will ever need. I promise. It’s that good. Get it, read it, do the exercises, and tell all your writer friends about it. Better yet, don’t tell them, then you can have all these secrets to yourself and your friends will be begging you to tell them how you sold that script. Hmm… did I just tell you to buy this book? No, I didn’t mean that. Don’t buy this book. Really. *evil grin*

Help with my kick-ass characters

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 16, 2012
By jacko
This is just what I was needing. I have completed a screenplay and have made a few rewrites, but I have been getting reviews concerning a character that I haven’t been able to get a handle on. I have read screenwriting books to improve, but this book cuts through all of the complicated theory that I was hung up on.

Doesn’t Suck

One person found this helpful.
 on June 5, 2015
By Kindle Customer
This ebook is really great and this author did a great job on doing it. I have read something similar but that other book cannot compare to this ebook. If you take your time and follow the advice in this ebook then read the other ebooks that he has then you should have a great script that you just might sell to someone in the movie business.

Great Book

One person found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2016
By Kindle Customer
This book was a great resource and it helped a lot. Just I felt like it could have did more. But it still did a good job. I think anyone that wa nts to make movies should read this. 😁

Good book. Easy read.

One person found this helpful.
 on December 29, 2014
By B Carr
It had some interesting insights and techniques to develop more interesting characters. Rogan approaches script writing as job more than an art. In this way he makes the daunting task of writing a script seem manageable, even easy. Definitely worth the money and time to read it.

Helpful to your first draft or last

One person found this helpful.
 on June 10, 2015
By Janet
Bee helpful in how to give your characters unique traits, motivation and depth. Michael Rogan makes fleshing out your characters fun and gives clever tips to enhance your story through character. Good read.

Very Informative

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 18, 2013
By Nick Masao
The book is very well written, clear and to the point. It is short but every word counts. The exercises at the end of the chapters are extremely helpful. I can’t believe how much money and time I’ve wasted on long and bulky screenwriting books with very little useful information. I highly recommend this book and others from the writer. Five stars.

Very useful for character development for any type of fiction

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 3, 2013
By Peter Noah Thomas
I wasn’t sure this little book was for me as I don’t write scripts, but it’s great for all types of fiction writing. I found the exercises after each chapter to be particularly helpful, especially the empathy map. If you are trying to create characters readers will relate to, like and find interesting, try this book.

Character empathy map and traits and opposite traits r/t hero and villian 🙂

 on January 13, 2018
By Edward Leech
This can revolutionize your character development and lends itself to writing dialogue and scenes!

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