Making A Hero: Protagonist Development for Film & Fiction

Rebecca Loomis, Compulsive creative with too many hobbies

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9 Videos (27m)
    • Introduction

      2:04
    • Habits of Highly Successful Writers

      6:54
    • Two Sides of the Coin

      2:48
    • Q1: What Does Your Hero Want?

      2:31
    • Q2: How Does Your Hero Need to Change?

      2:28
    • Q3: Why Do We Care?

      3:24
    • Q4: What Are The Stakes?

      1:08
    • Q5: What Are The Obstacles?

      3:39
    • Conclusion

      1:44
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About This Class

What is it that draws us into a story? It’s not that we haven’t seen a boy-meets-girl before, or watched a movie about a heist. There’s nothing new under the sun. What makes us care is not that there is an explosion, but that a character we love is caught in the blast.

Stories are not about happenings; they’re about the people who experience what happened. Though many stories can be categorized as being either plot-driven or character driven, the best of them balance both. To figure out what your story is about, you need to also figure out whom it’s about; because your protagonist and plot are irrevocably intertwined. They are the two sides of the same coin, each mutually defining the other.

In this class, we’ll explore the two sides of that coin. I’ll be walking you through a series of questions to help you generate ideas and solidify who your main character is in relation to your plot.

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Very helpful in helping me develop my character
Rebecca - GREAT JOB! I like all the interesting questions that you asked us. The prompts were wonderful and overall enjoyed everything about the class. I will be sure to take your other classes and I'm going to get your authored book. The only insight I might offer is to pick up the pace of talking, your quite and slow delivery reminded me of a Victorian romance voice over artist. It was soothing and relaxing when it should be more inspiring and exciting to move us to what to jump in and create complex characters. (and loved eye makeup - very pretty)
Complete, to the point and very inspiring. Thank you very much!

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Rebecca Loomis

Compulsive creative with too many hobbies

Rebecca is a freelance photographer, graphic designer and author, with experience in marketing, videography, and more. When she crawls out of her introverted Hobbit-hole, Rebecca enjoys adventuring the great outdoors, social dancing and making delicious food!

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