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CLASSROOM: 12 Character Archetypes to Ignite Your Script’s Storytelling

20 May 2019

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CLASSROOM: 12 Character Archetypes to Ignite Your Script’s Storytelling

Writer and producer, Jason Hellerman writes:

Creating complex characters out of nothing can be hard, but using character archetypes to guide the process will alleviate stress and deliver incredible results.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes time to develop characters, I get a little stressed out. To truly know your character, you need to be able to answer lots of questions about them. It’s not just backstory, but also their strengths, weaknesses, and what motivates them within the story.

The answers to these questions can be complex. But luckily there are lots of tools and models you can use to base your characters on. We call these models “archetypes.”

Today we’re going to go over the twelve character archetypes and show you how they can inform the creation of your characters. We’ll also give you examples of character archetypes in modern film and television.

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