Getting To Know Your Characters: 1000 Character Development Questions

February 27, 2013 at 1:38 am

Getting To Know Your Characters: 100s of Helpful Questions

How do you create characters?

It all depends on the story and the individual writer.  We all have different methods and techniques when creating characters.  Personally, I like to free write.  I sit down and write as much detail as I possibly can about my new creations.  When I start a screenplay, I’ve usually got a main character in mind but 100% of the time my original idea changes as I get to know them.

Beyond free writing and other techniques, there are many resources out there that provide quizzes, interviews and questionnaires to help you develop your characters.  These lists of questions are designed to help you truly understand who your characters are and what drives them.  Most of the time, I simply read questionnaires like these just to gain a basic understanding of my characters.

What’s in your character’s refrigerator?  It sounds like an odd question but answering it could give you a ton of helpful information.  Even if it gives you one tiny piece of insight it’s worth it.

At the same time, why not seek out questionnaires about getting to know yourself and answer them as one of your characters?  All of these techniques can help you write better in the long run.

The 100 Most Important Things To Know About Your Character

101 Character Development Questions For Writers

100 Character Development Questions For Writers

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind

Top 10 Questions For Creating Believable Characters

Character Questionnaire

30 Questions (Character Questionnaire)

Creating Fictional Characters

Character Development: Getting To Know Your Characters

Character Creation Questionnaire

The Writer’s Character Sheet

Interview Your Character

Character Development Questionnaire

Create-A-Character Exercises

Character Interviews

Character Tutorial

Character Chart

2 Character Questionnaires

Character Survey

These links alone offer hundreds of questions that will challenge your creativity and elevate the quality of your characters.  Try a few of them out.

You’ll never know the level of detail you’re capable of until you give it a shot.

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The Post: 5 Short Films, 1 Trailer and 4 Websites

February 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

The Post: 5 Short Films, 1 Trailer and  4 Websites | Independent Film Blog

Have you watched a short film today?’

THE SCARED IS SCARED

Filmmaker Bianca Giaever asked a six year old what her movie should be about…  This is what he told her:

THE BACKWATER GOSPEL

“As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.”

WILD LIFE

“If you fill your house with animals don’t be surprised when there’s blood in the bathtub.” (Vimeo)

Wild Life from Kevin Maynard on Vimeo.

FUBAR REDUX

“Fubar Redux is an Epic Short Film portraying the atrocities of an on-going political war for territories. Told in an alternate reality with Cats and Dogs mixing exciting action with tense drama driven by a unique animation visual style – Hyper-Motion Comic Cinema.” (Vimeo)

COOKED

“Cooked tells the story of an arctic love triangle between a Walrus, a Seal and a Lobster.”

SCOPIA

A new Sci-Fi Horror feature film with a twist.  Check out the teaser trailer below:

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JUMPVIEW

“JUMPVIEW™ is a brand new way to watch movies utilizing the interactivity of the internet. Campus Life is the first original film made for the JumpView format.”

Check out the trailer here.

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Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films: The Complete Series

February 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

Academy Award Winning Animated Shorts | Best Animated Shorts

The Academy Award for Animated Shorts.  One of my favorite categories.  Recently, it occurred to me that there were dozens of Oscar winners I had yet to see.  I decided to go on a search for all them.  The result was an incredible journey from 1932 to 2013.  In this 9 part series, I count down every single animated short film that won the Oscar.  Where do your favorites rank?

List of Winners courtesy of Wikipedia

XTRA | The 50 Greatest Cartoons

Check out the complete series:

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 1

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 2

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 3

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 4

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 5

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 6

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 7

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 8

LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC FILM?

Here they are in chronological order:

1932 Flowers and Trees

1933 Three Little Pigs

1934 The Tortoise and the Hare

1935 Three Orphan Kittens

1936 The Country Cousin

1937 The Old Mill

1938 Ferdinand the Bull

1939 The Ugly Duckling

1940 The Milky Way

1941 Lend a Paw

1942 Der Fuehrer’s Face

1943 The Yankee Doodle Mouse

1944 Mouse Trouble

1945 Quiet Please!

1946 The Cat Concerto

1947 Tweetie Pie

1948 The Little Orphan

1949 For Scent-imental Reasons

1950 Gerald McBoing-Boing

1951 The Two Mouseketeers

1952 Johann Mouse

1953 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

1954 When Magoo Flew

1955 Speedy Gonzales

1956 Magoo’s Puddle Jumper

1957 Birds Anonymous

1958 Knighty Knight Bugs

1959 Moonbird

1960 Munro

1961 Erzatz (The Substitute)

1962 The Hole

1963 The Critic

1964 The Pink Phink

1965 The Dot and the Line

1966 A Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature

1967 The Box

1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

1969 It’s Tough to Be a Bird

1970 Is It Always Right to Be Right?

1971 The Crunch Bird

1972 A Christmas Carol

1973 Frank Film

1974 Closed Mondays

1975 Great

1976 Leisure

1977 The Sand Castle

1978 Special Delivery

1979 Every Child

1980 The Fly

1981 Crac

1982 Tango

1983 Sundae in New York

1984 Charade

1985 Anna & Bella

1986 A Greek Tragedy

1987 The Man Who Planted Trees

1988 Tin Toy

1989 Balance

1990 Creature Comforts

1991 Manipulation

1992 Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

1993 The Wrong Trousers

1994 Bob’s Birthday

1995 A Close Shave

1996 Quest

1997 Geri’s Game

1998 Bunny

1999 The Old Man and the Sea

2000 Father and Daughter

2001 For the Birds

2002 The ChubbChubbs!

2003 Harvie Krumpet

2004 Ryan

2005 The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

2006 The Danish Poet

2007 Peter & the Wolf

2008 La Maison en petits cubes

2009 Logorama

2010 The Lost Thing

2011 The Fantastic Flying Book of Mr. Morris Lessmore

2012 Paperman

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Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 8

February 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

Academy Award Winning Animated Shorts | Best Animated Shorts

The Academy Award for Animated Shorts. One of my favorite categories. Recently, it occurred to me that there were dozens of Oscar winners I had yet to see. I decided to go on a search for all them. The result was an incredible journey from 1932 to 2013. In this 9 part series, I count down every single animated short film that won the Oscar. Where do your favorites rank?

List of Winners courtesy of Wikipedia

Check out the complete series:

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 1

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 2

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 3

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 4

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 5

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 6

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 7

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 8

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films: The Complete Series

THE TOP 10

10. FOR THE BIRDS

2001

9. THE CRUNCH BIRD

1971

8. THREE LITTLE PIGS

1933

7. THE UGLY DUCKLING

1939

6. GERI’S GAME

1997

5. CHARADE

1984

4. MANIPULATION

1991

3. PAPERMAN

2013

XTRA | Paperman & The Inspirational Animations We Adore

2. LOGORAMA

2009

1. CREATURE COMFORTS

1990

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Will Smith & James Lassiter Are Looking For America’s Newest Scriptwriter!

February 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

Will Smith & James Lassiter Are Looking For America's Newest Scriptwriter! | Overbrook Entertainment & ANA Alliance

“WRITE WHAT YOU FEEL. JUST MAKE IT ORIGINAL”

There’s a deadline approaching!  You could win a meeting with Overbrook Entertainment, an opportunity to get your script further developed, and $5,000!

ABOUT THE CONTEST

James Lassiter and Will Smith of Overbrook Entertainment have joined forces with the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment—a group of leading national advertisers intent on finding and supporting exceptional family content—to find the most talented undiscovered TV scriptwriters in the country. Overbrook Entertainment’s vision, together with the Alliance, is to produce and support extraordinary family entertainment.  Because family entertainment means different things to different people make sure your script is unique and emotionally relatable to today’s family. Submit either your 30-minute comedy or one-hour drama by 1pm PST, March 21, 2013. (scriptwritercontest.com)

“The only way to deal with fear is to smash your had against it.  Write your work and submit it.” (Will Smith)

Check out www.scriptwritercontest.com for more.

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Will Smith & James Lassiter Are Looking For America's Newest Scriptwriter! | Overbrook Entertainment & ANA Alliance