Supporting Character Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books)

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How Do You Create The Best Supporting Characters For Your Screenplay?

You've created a take charge protagonist, but what about the rest of your cast? How do you make them unique and interesting?

Using the hit comedy"Bridesmaids" as our main example we dig into what makes an interesting supporting character. What do Supporting Characters do? The "Rear Window" theory. One Degree Of Separation. Opposites React and the film "The Shape Of Things". Your character's Story Purpose and "The 40 Year Old Virgin". Supporting Character Unity and why "The Watch" flopped.

Introducing your Supporting Characters. Your most important Supporting Character: The Antagonist… and the lovable antagonist Ted the stuffed bear. Relationships between your Supporting Characters. Individual Humor and "The Hangover". Plants & Pay Offs in "Bridesmaids". The Dog Juice Theory. Symbolic Supporting Characters and "High Fidelity". Dialogue differences. Attitude. Instant Identifiers and "Top Secret!" How to handle crowd scenes and extras. And much, much more!

Almost 44,000 words of tips and techniques to help you create amazing Supporting Characters!

Product Details

  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (September 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2012
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CLSL6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

excellent advice from an expert

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 1, 2014
By Christopher Kokoski
This book explores many tools for creating supporting characters who support the protagonist, story and theme.

a must have for the serious writing student

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 14, 2012
By Kindle Customer
A new favorite, I learned to stop working against my story and to let the people in it, tell it.

If story is largely about character then this book of tools and tips is pretty important. Some of my favorite character tools me

 on April 9, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This Blue Book explains how important the different characters are to stories. If story is largely about character then this book of tools and tips is pretty important. Some of my favorite character tools mentioned are: CHARACTERS AND DOG JUICE in which minor characters need to stand out more. THE CONTRAST KEY in which characters need to support each other through contrast. And REAR WINDOW THEORY in which characters are really different reflections of the theme.

Great info and guidance

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 23, 2012
By bookreader
Another clear winner from working screenwriter Bill Martell. The Bluebook series is practical advice how to you can apply. This book focuses on how to create support characters in films that are of real value and that integrate with the story as a whole. A number of recent movies are explored, laying out the various characters and what they provide in that script. This is intermixed with advice on how to do the same in your script.

Blew My Hair Back!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 28, 2013
By John Carl
Wow. I have read dozens and dozens of writing books and I’ve never experienced anything like this book. The information was so unbelievably thorough that (at one point) I thought my brain was going to explode from all the great advice. If you’re serious about your writing and you want to take your supporting characters to the next level, then this book is for you! It will challenge you. It will inspire you. It will blow your hair back.

One of the best

One person found this helpful.
 on August 11, 2013
I held off getting this blue book but wish I would have gotten it sooner as it was excellent helping not only develop supporting characters but use those characters to define the theme, plot, and main character…

Great stuff!

One person found this helpful.
 on September 15, 2013
By Valerie Burroughs
Mr. Martell gets to the heart of every aspect of story telling and this particular book spotlights the impact and importance of every character in your story…and most importantly…how to develop them.

No flab – just great info

 on May 15, 2013
By FilmFan
I’m a huge fan of Bill Martell and this entire series of Screenwriting Blue Books are extremely useful. Imagine the best parts of your favorite screenwriting books with all the flab and vague theory removed. Everything within Supporting Character Secrets is solid, specific, practical advice. When Martell does talk theory, he puts it in the context of a concise dissection of a film (Rear Window, for instance) so that you understand why something works and how to apply it to your own screenplay. My only gripe? All these Blue Books should be compiled into one volume: Secrets of the Working Screenwriter. Also recommended: 

practical and straight forward

 on May 15, 2013
By Leif Erik Smart
Lucky enough to grab this for free, but even at the full price it’s great value for money for the 150+ pages of practice and straightforward advice.

Great writing tools

 on May 28, 2013
I actually loved many of the concepts and ideas in this book. I also really liked how the author used lots of great examples to illustrate each concept. My problem was that the book could have used an editor. Lost and lots of typos and it seemed a little redundant towards the end. Overall worth the price and helpful.

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