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Short Films: Creating Your Characters

Kasem Kharsa, Artist-Filmmaker

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16 Videos (56m)
    • About the Class

      2:24
    • Introduction

      10:14
    • Project Overview

      3:11
    • Where Do I Start?

      6:25
    • Alternative Starting Points

      2:02
    • Harmony & Dissonance

      1:54
    • Remember The Goal!

      3:50
    • A Stronger Foundation

      2:07
    • The World as a Mirror

      2:39
    • The Iceberg of Character

      2:20
    • Case Studies

      1:37
    • 'Batman Begins' Analysis

      2:58
    • '12 Monkeys' Analysis

      3:11
    • 'There Will Be Blood' Analysis

      4:32
    • 'Jerry Maguire' Analysis

      4:01
    • Conclusion

      3:02

About This Class

Are you a beginner looking for a stress-free way to start creative writing? Or an advanced student in need of a 'booster class' to help you develop richer characters? Then this class is for you. 

Through a simple exercise, we will invent moments from a character's past, present and future as a way to give weight to them, to make them feel more real. You will begin to explore the connections between your character's memories or aspirations to their present-day psyche and psychology. 

Again, this class is for all experience levels as well as writers of all mediums - short story writers, novelists, non-fiction writers and of course my fellow screenwriters. 

Towards the end we'll discuss case-studies that will cement the class's discussion even more. 

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Within the first few lessons, I'd hurdled over major roadblocks I was having my main character, simply because I was being told to look at pieces of my character and paint each one precisely, rather than putting all the pieces together and trying to paint her as a whole.
excellent tool. not only helped me professionally, but spiritually too. I always strongly felt myself as a character in the making and this tool gave me new perspective on life. Thank You.

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Kasem Kharsa

Artist-Filmmaker

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I'm a visual artist and filmmaker. My preoccupations are with memory and narrative, the stories we tell ourselves. I've participated in several writing workshops and learning environments so I try to bring that experience into my own teaching.

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