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Television and Screen Writing, 4th Edition by Richard A Blum

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How to Develop Credible and Castable Characters

How to Create Credible and Castable Characters

As emphasized throughout this book, characters are the driving forces of your story. Your hero must be someone the audience cares about—identifiable, susceptible, and vulnerable. That makes him or her appealing and castable.

To push the edges of conflict as far as possible, it helps if a protagonist faces powerfully motivated antagonists. Think of leads who face extraordinary opponents, in films such as THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, all of the James Bond films, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the two Indiana Jones sequels, ENEMY OF THE STATE, LETHAL WEAPON and its three sequels, END OF DAYS, THE FUGITIVE, RUSH HOUR, BATMAN, THE HURRICANE, THREE KINGS, and ...

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