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Creating Effective Characters

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St. Edward's University
Fleck Hall 108

9/22/2012 From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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with Michael Druxman

Stories, whether they be a screenplay, stage play, short story or a novel, are populated with characters. Even the most plot-oriented story must have believable, engaging characters for it to work for the viewing or reading audience.

Characters are people. People are complex. Complex people are interesting.

This class will deal with methods and exercises that you can employ to make your characters complex and interesting.

This workshop will cover:

-- How to build an interesting, three-dimensional character

-- How dialogue and action are used to reveal character

-- How to find your character’s inner “demon”

-- “Character violation" and how to avoid it


Michael B. Druxman is a veteran Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include Cheyenne Warrior with Kelly Preston; Dillinger and Capone starring Martin Sheen and F. Murray Abraham; and The Doorway with Roy Scheider, which he also directed.  Additionally, Mr. Druxman is the author of more than fifteen published books, including several nonfiction works about Hollywood, its movies, and the people who make them (e.g., Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films, Make It Again, Sam: A Survey of Movie Remakes, One Good Film Deserves Another: A Survey of Movie Sequels, Merv [Griffin] and The Musical: From Broadway to Hollywood).

He has taught various dramatic writing and film appreciation courses in an adult university and is the author of How to Write a Story…Any Story: The Art of Storytelling, which has been used as a text in several colleges. He is often invited to speak to groups of aspiring film and television professionals to discuss screenwriting and the realities of show business. A native of Seattle who graduated from Garfield High School and the University of Washington, Mr. Druxman moved with his wife, Sandy, from Los Angeles to Austin, TX in 2009. His memoir, My Forty-Five Years in Hollywood and How I Escaped Alive, is published by Bear Manor Media.


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