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Johnny26

  • Thursday 8th February 2018, 1:37pm
  • England
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i recently had some feed back saying that my characters were not fully developed and hard to buy into, but with no further comments. I was wondering where/ how i should be doing this ,in the script itself? or in the synopsis, or maybe just better writing, any comments/ advice would be welcome.

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beaky

  • Thursday 8th February 2018, 7:26pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
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In the script, of course.

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Lazzard

  • Friday 9th February 2018, 10:03am
  • Ludlow, England
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How do you judge someone's character when you meet them in the real world?
By what they say, what they do and how they react to situations.
You have to do that, but in your writing.
It's no good saying that "Brian is an intolerant, woman-hating bigot" in the synopsis unless you demonstrate that in the script, through what he says, what he does and - very importantly - how he reacts to situations.
So, better writing, really.

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Johnny26

  • Friday 9th February 2018, 2:55pm
  • England
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thanks it sounds like another rewrite

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beaky

  • Friday 9th February 2018, 9:21pm
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It's always another rewrite!

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Frankie Mildly Perturbed

  • Saturday 10th February 2018, 7:15pm [Edited]
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Quote: Lazzard @ 9th February 2018, 10:03 AM

How do you judge someone's character when you meet them in the real world?
By what they say, what they do and how they react to situations.
You have to do that, but in your writing.
It's no good saying that "Brian is an intolerant, woman-hating bigot" in the synopsis unless you demonstrate that in the script, through what he says, what he does and - very importantly - how he reacts to situations.
So, better writing, really.

Superb advice from someone who obviously knows what he is about. :)

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Lazzard

  • Sunday 11th February 2018, 11:07am
  • Ludlow, England
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Asking me how to get into advertising is like asking steam-engine driver how to fly a rocket
The changes are huge - and all for the worse on the "having a laugh/quick buck" front.
I think there are courses now.
Which probably means you're f**ked without a degree.

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Frankie Mildly Perturbed

  • Sunday 11th February 2018, 11:36am [Edited]
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Quote: Lazzard @ 11th February 2018, 11:07 AM

Asking me how to get into advertising is like asking steam-engine driver how to fly a rocket
The changes are huge - and all for the worse on the "having a laugh/quick buck" front.
I think there are courses now.
Which probably means you're f**ked without a degree.

Yes, I suppose it would be that way.

In terms of selling an idea as a one-off, there's a lot to be said for being there BEFORE the West was won.

Thanks for your reply, you hit the nail on the head as usual.

:)

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Lazzard

  • Sunday 11th February 2018, 12:11pm
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Oh yes.
It was a wild and wooly time.

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