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

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 Juan Taylor
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.

Blew My Hair Back!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 28, 2013
By J 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.

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:¬†

Great information on characters!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 8, 2014
By bull dozer
I’ve read a lot of these how to screenwriting books, and this one is top notch! Martell explains it way better than most.

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.

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.

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.

Put Supporting Characters to work for you…

 on April 25, 2016
By David Shoenfeld
Very helpful set of tools (not rules) that have helped me organize supporting characters around my protagonist’s flaws and goals, rather than more distant plot issues.

Great writing tools

 on May 28, 2013
By JBO
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.

Bill Did It Again!

 on January 9, 2015
By The Tickling Hippo
As usual, Bill hits another home run! If you are just learning about screenwriting or want to get some fantastic information on how to punch up your talent, buy every book Bill has! Bill is the man!

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