10 Ways to Create Unforgettable Compelling Characters
Getting your reader to empathize with and root for your story’s protagonist is one of the most important goals for a screenwriter to achieve. Billy Mernit – drawing on 25 years of work as a studio story analyst – shares the industry’s point of view on the kinds of memorable characters that get movies made, and explores the most effective techniques for bringing characters to life on the screenplay page.
Billy Mernit, Universal Studios Story Analyst & Former UCLA Extension Instructor
Billy MernitUniversal Studios Story Analyst & Former UCLA Extension Instructor
BILLY MERNIT is a script consultant, a story analyst at Universal Pictures, was a Distinguished Instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and is the author of the bestselling screenwriting textbook Writing the Romantic Comedy (Harper/Collins), recently reissued in a revised, expanded, and updated 20th Anniversary edition. He’s also the author of the novel Imagine Me and You (Random House); during his many years in the entertainment industry, he has written for NBC’s Santa Barbara, and composed songs recorded by Carly Simon, Judy Collins, and Morrissey.