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A Great Tool For Developing Character by Gary Goldstein

Jun 08, 2021
Gary Goldstein: Everyone's process is different and I know that when I've learned a lot about the process and listened to other people, you know you take very seriously what people who have been successful, you know, have done what I call, have to do it. That way and I make my things very specific to me, you know, it'll work for anyone if you just do it, but at the same time you know they're like edges. I hope it feels like it opens up like that. just what I do, but you don't know, you don't have to do this, you know, this is just oh, it doesn't seem like you know, no, no, not at all, you know, stopping people, making courtesans, yeah, no post. but I think it's also good because you know people might dig a little bit from here and a little bit from there, but you know it's not going well because this is the best way we talk about where your

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s come from and what they are your development process. well, you know, they say you want to put a

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when you move them, you know, for the beginning of a movie or something, you want to put your character where they would least like to be, you know, it's at a crossroads moment where their life goes to change and you're going to go on that journey with them and you have to get them out of there, basically get them out of their comfort zone and the reason they're there in a comfort zone is because they're kind. of doing something wrong their personality there's something about that personality that's what you know well since the bootcamp calls it bad behavior it's a

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word it's an adjective to describe what they're doing wrong how they're negatively affecting other people but still So care about them anyway and show how they can change, so you find someone, you create a character who is doing something wrong or ineffectively and someone will have to come into their lives to change them, compliment them and bring out the best in them. of that personality and then have them make that personality work for them, so you just try to find a character that has a crossroads and is going to do something interesting, especially if you're writing things that aren't necessarily plot-driven, like if you knew the Bourne Identity or something.
a great tool for developing character by gary goldstein
I know you're writing, you're writing a character if you run character-driven things, whether it's a comedy or a drama, or you know whatever, but you know it's character-driven, which always makes for the best stories, and then Find out who needs to come into the character's life to help them on this journey, help them accomplish this mission. You know, movies are basically about a relationship between two people on a journey that you get to know the hard way, with the people around them and the supporting characters, and an opponent and all that, but I basically boil it down to the main character and who gets to her life to take that journey with him and what that relationship is like.
a great tool for developing character by gary goldstein

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By creating the main character, you know if he is a man or a woman. I know they always say that we are our main characters, whoever we are writing, we could be writing a serial killer, but you know they are us, you know we were not conflating them with our point of view, not with our The value is not our story, but what our point of view is or how we see what their point of view should be, what makes sense, so part of it is knowing what the journey is, setting up the character, creating an interesting character in an environment interesting, but knowing that they need to be on a journey to solve the problem in their life and the movie and I start, I start, is it different for plays versus a little bit different?
a great tool for developing character by gary goldstein
You know, it may be very similar, but it's still a scenario. play, you know, you want, you want that theater test to start at a very important moment for that character's life, the moment that changes everything or you know the moment that will change them as people and their lives. You know, then they come closer, they emerge from that story, you know, a different person, you know, April, May and June are these three sisters that come together and they're all pretty set in their ways and they're fine. as they are, but at the end of this afternoon they really understand better who they are, why they did what they did in their lives, and why they reacted to their dead parents as parents in such a way. in different ways and it's all because of this kind of combustion that happens with three people, these three women over the course of a couple of hours in the afternoon, so you want them to get through their journey, you know it as a changed person.
a great tool for developing character by gary goldstein
In some ways, some characters don't need changes, so it may not be as interesting of a character, but we all need to do something better to do it more effectively, even if it's to learn how to have a relationship with someone. What is a romantic comedy? except you meet basically unexpected or mismatched people, sparks fly and then you realize you can complement each other, make each other better people and be with someone you never expected until maybe you can't and then, of course, in the end They know, but it's about finding people at an interesting time in their lives, you know, who have something to learn, so let's make the right decision that maybe has a boring or flat character versus one that's too many things for them.
You are doing too many things right, how do you know right? you know you know you want to keep your character on the path you know and you want to have that having a goal in mind you know if the goal is to have that romantic relationship to rob that bank, you know, come to terms with his addiction, you know, whatever it is. , you want them to have an end goal and keep them on track and as soon as you start to get away from all those kinds of interesting human moments that can happen along the path of a journey, then you realize that you are spreading your story and you know that we're losing character focus, so I think generally pretty much, you know when you're, when you're going off track, when your character just isn't acting the way you'd like them to.
I know you've seen a lot of movies and, uh, you're also a movie critic, can you talk about some of your favorite movies where that character starts out in a very uncomfortable place? Yeah, yeah, well, you know, comedies are always

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, you know, one of my favorites, my favorite movies, favorite film companies is Sixteen Candles, the John Hughes movie. Molly Ringwald and you know the great thing about that movie is you know it's so relatable you have the annoying grandparents you have the clueless parents you have the annoying sister you have all the dumb kids at school it's like everyone Can X relate to all that?
And you know the character of Samantha Molly Ringwald. She just is. You know she is in the worst moment of her life. You know she's her. Burt knows it's her birthday. She is sixteen years old. Everyone forgets. Silly boy likes it. Don't pay attention to it, you know, it's just this little microcosm and she's so uncomfortable and so self-conscious and in the end she just gains a little confidence, you know, and the cute guy likes her and that's, I love that movie. you know, he's funny but he's so sweet and so smart, yeah, that's one of my favorites, I mean, and even Tutsi, you know, you know, he's a very self-possessed guy, but he's in such a bad place because he doesn't He has money and he can't get a job and he doesn't want to act like a tomato like they want him to in the commercials and all that, and he just goes up the wall trying to do something that will allow him to be successful and it's all completely wrong. he ends his life, you know, so he's definitely out of his comfort zone, but he makes the most of it.
The mood of the movie is about being outside your comfort zone but at the same time making it work for you, which I like, but you know, in a dramatic way. front, you know, when you deal with thrillers or something that you know those characters have put, you know, you know what The Silence of the Lambs is like, you know a great movie, a great book, you know that she is someone who is driven and is someone that is almost not ready to be. thrust into this horrible world that is and she has something like that, she has someone inside, you know an Anthony Hopkins character, you know who tests her so much and you know she was so smart, you know she's a spider and a fly . that kind of thing and she's so out of his league that you know she's an interesting character that we start off in a very uncomfortable place and she's even more uncomfortable if she uses that discomfort she uses her past, you know the difficulty of her past to You really emerge and you really succeed, that fascinates you.

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