Sunday, December 11, 2011

EURO Talks Character and USA Guest John Vorhaus Transcript December 11, 2011


#Scriptchat TOPIC: Characters

EURO chat kicked off the character topic with loads of information, and the USA group picked it up with guest writer John Vorhaus @TrueFactBarFact. John shared incredible insight into his character development process, as well as tips from his books. We thank John for being our final guest of 2011, another amazing year at Scriptchat. So grab your notepad and read on. One snag was Tweet Reports site is down, so I had to grab the transcript via Tweetchat… which means you have some backwards reading ahead. Simply scroll down and read from bottom to top. Apologies. Try to enjoy anyway! The information is worth the eye strain. @jeannevb


EURO Moderator: Teenie Russell @teenierussell
USA Moderator: Jeanne Veillette Bowerman @jeannevb

EURO CHAT:

@stuartsharpe we also don't hear of male protags being"box office poison" like female chrs *apparently* are #scriptchat
sharlvers 9:06pm via Tweet Button

RT @janetvaneeden: 35 days to go for A Shot at the Big Time! Online Auditions! Big Perks! Make it happen on #indiegogo igg.me/p/49173?a=2069… #scriptchat
teenierussell 9:05pm via TweetDeck

The USA #scriptchat will be chatting about character intros to guest John Vorhaus - @TrueFactBarFact at 5pm PST
alli_and_that 9:04pm via web

Ace #scriptchat. Love hearing about characters - I always fall in love with mine. They rock.
rosieclaverton 9:04pm via HootSuite

Amazing #scriptchat on character introductions - some brilliant advice and examples flying about! Ta all!
TaroJ 9:03pm via Twitter for iPhone

Next week grab a mince pie for a festive chat about Christmas movies #scriptchat
john_hunter 9:03pm via web

#scriptchat My final throw in for a great character intro is Bonnie/Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde. Love that movie!
Bang2write 9:02pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@stuartsharpe aaah yes the dreaded FINDING OUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT IN LIFE, a staple of rom-coms and family films #bleurgh #scriptchat
antonsays 9:02pm via TweetDeck

@teenierussell thanks everyone #scriptchat
HateTheHate 9:02pm via web

@TaroJ From memory it took 1 scene to define Al Swearengen as a character in Deadwood (he got henchmen to kill other henchmen). #scriptchat
sianlawson 9:01pm via web

@SohoGuy @Bang2write @john_hunter Ironically she put some people off in the early eps before her character developed a bit. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 9:01pm via web

That was great! Thanks all. Need food now :-) #scriptchat
teenierussell 9:01pm via TweetDeck

Wow, it's been a good and busy chat. Thanks to all who joined in. Feel free to continue chatting away #scriptchat
Bang2write 9:00pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@SohoGuy @sianlawson @john_hunter cldn't say, don't tend to watch US shows beyond police stuff like CSI and Mentalist #scriptchat
alli_and_that 9:00pm via web

@Bang2write @antonsays Who would be listening? #notesdown #scriptchat
TaroJ 9:00pm via Twitter for iPhone

Wow that went fast, thanks everyone for an amazingly full on hour #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:59pm via HootSuite

@sohoguy @Bang2write @john_hunter Downton Abbey. Fantastic characters - I don't know how they manage them all, but they do! #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:59pm via web

@SohoGuy @Bang2write Behind on my soaps (again) but Ruth in Casualty had a brilliant few years #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:58pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@stuartsharpe there will always be archetypes, sure. But the paths male chrs tread are not always so clear cut or predictable #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:58pm via web

@sianlawson @Bang2write @john_hunter And although the lead Cylon was there to be sexy, she was ultimately a great character #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:58pm via Twitter for iPhone

@HateTheHate true, I write TV myself but each individual ep still needs to make sense. But the characters can really develop. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:57pm via web

@Bang2write @itvcorrie @john_hunter Corrie does excellent chracters. Flawed/funny. Defo. Becky is superb esp when she smokes! #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:57pm via web

@Will_Scothern @sianlawson @Bang2write @john_hunter I got to the point where actors were so great I'd watch them do anything #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:57pm via web

@SohoGuy @sianlawson @Bang2write Yep, likewise. President is great. Starbuck's intro is heavy-handed - but she *becomes* great! #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:56pm via web

@SohoGuy @Bang2write @john_hunter Also Starbuck, Boomer/Athena etc.... #scriptchat
Robin_Eveleigh 8:56pm via web

RT @Raindance: Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
TaroJ 8:56pm via Twitter for iPhone

@sianlawson @sohoguy @bang2write @john_hunter I think BSG can never be mentioned too many times :-) #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:56pm via web

@Will_Scothern @SohoGuy @Bang2write And Abi Bartlett and Amy Gardner from West Wing too #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:55pm via web

RT @Will_Scothern Mine are short and sweet, about points (normally 3 words) only enough to immediately get a visual <<< THAT! #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:55pm via TweetChat

Bowing out. Cheers for the input/advice/opinion. Have a storyboard that needs filling up. #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:55pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@SohoGuy I really like soap: really varied, flawed, tragic yet funny female chrs in @itvcorrie - esp Carla + Becky @john_hunter #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:55pm via web

@sianlawson @SohoGuy @Bang2write @john_hunter I found most of them inconsistent...aside from the President. #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:55pm via web

@TaroJ They have the luxury of time (series) but write a 3hr film and you should have some decent characters in there. #scriptchat :)
SohoGuy 8:55pm via web

@sianlawson @Bang2write @john_hunter Yes! Because I adore adore adore Battlestar Galactica esp the President! #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:54pm via web

@SohoGuy @teenierussell Because then you support it with the characters actions in the rest of the film. Three words is a base. #scriptchat
antonsays 8:54pm via TweetDeck

#scriptchat James Bond turned main character introduction into its main 'thing'. Those opening scenes. Wow! Usually biggest part of budget
Will_Scothern 8:54pm via web

@SohoGuy Mine are short and sweet, about points (normally 3 words) only enough to immediately get a visual. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:53pm via web

@Will_Scothern @Bang2write @john_hunter Must watch more of that! #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:53pm via web

@SohoGuy @DemonSerge @teenierussell Depends on your voice for character descriptions, but generally 3 words is encouraged. #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:53pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@antonsays yes but I would LOVE a movie about women that does not include a wedding if anyone's listening... ; ) #scriptchat @alli_and_that
sianlawson 8:53pm via web

@SohoGuy @Bang2write @john_hunter Am I allowed to mention Battlestar Galactica (remake) as strong female chars? #scriptchat
iantendo 8:53pm via web

#scriptchat writing character descriptions too specific can be bad as a reader needs to be able to visualise an actual actor in the role
TaroJ 8:53pm via Twitter for iPhone

@HateTheHate it's true Breaking Bad, Madmen I could go on all night #scriptchat
momentsoffilm 8:53pm via TweetDeck

Hello #scriptchat ~ Sticking my head in to say hallo. As a female actor I think it can become very boring if a role is not fully rounded.
SohoGuy 8:53pm via web

@sianlawson @DemonSerge @teenierussell @alli_and_that No, in kid's TV. Which does encourage efficient, 'simple' characters #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:52pm via web

#scriptchat Groundhog Day ... would that be a classic if Tom Cruise had starred in it? #castingCASTINGcasting :)
Will_Scothern 8:52pm via web

@SohoGuy @Bang2write @john_hunter No contest: CJ from the West Wing. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:52pm via web

@Will_Scothern I used to when I was new to it! And tried to make it all lyrical and like a novel haha #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:51pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@Helena_Ward novels allow more characterisation, why I love them so ;) Still possible to have more variation in scripts tho #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:51pm via web

@alli_and_that @DemonSerge @teenierussell Is it? Cool! I prefer it short. #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:51pm via Twitter for iPhone

@SohoGuy that's right, we have to remember that at the end this IS a visual medium #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:51pm via web

@antonsays @teenierussell Make up your mind! I do agree though. #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:51pm via web

@SohoGuy @DemonSerge @teenierussell @alli_and_that Didn't RTD start in radio? Where you must get the char across in the dialogue #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:51pm via web

@SohoGuy If you're writing 100 word descriptions you're spending far to much time on it. #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:50pm via web

@Bang2write Sucks, doesn't it? That's why I'm loving writing this rom-com, cause the girls aren't like that. #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:50pm via web

#scriptchat HBO do character better than anyone ... Deadwood, Dexter, Homeland etc. etc.
rosieclaverton 8:50pm via web

RT @SohoGuy: Of course, you can spend 100 words describing a character in a script, but how much of that gets SEEN? That's the key #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:50pm via TweetDeck

A good character intro, without even seeing the character is Doc in Back to the Future, when Marty walks into his garage #scriptchat
antonsays 8:50pm via TweetDeck

@teenierussell @alli_and_that ok i still liked it but it took a dive #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:50pm via web

@SohoGuy @DemonSerge @teenierussell 3 word description is fairly standard though. #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:50pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@stuartsharpe sure there are 2D male chrs. But what is striking is the VARIATION of them... That's all I want, really #scriptchat
antonsays 8:50pm via TweetDeck

@teenierussell @alli_and_that I actually ended up not liking it. Amazingly funny 1st half and then it got lost in drama & length #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:49pm via web

@Bang2write @john_hunter Who is your 'best written' female character on TV and why? #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:49pm via TweetChat

RT @SohoGuy Of course, you can spend 100 words describing a character in a script, but how much of that gets SEEN? Thats the key #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:49pm via Twitter for iPhone

A great set of characters irrespective of gender is in Treme, US drama has some fantastic female characters at the moment #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:49pm via TweetDeck

@antonsays @alli_and_that I must watch Bridesmaids soon, have only heard good things about it #scriptchat
antonsays 8:49pm via TweetDeck

@Bang2write @alli_and_that In bridesmaids you had all sorts of exceptions so that was good #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:49pm via web

#scriptchat Okay, so to inspire us - what are the best female character introductions?
SohoGuy 8:48pm via web

Of course, you can spend 100 words describing a character in a script, but how much of that gets SEEN? That's the key #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:48pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@john_hunter YES. I have had even female writers say to me, "but this is what "they" want..." ARGH #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:48pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

RT @Bang2write: @alli_and_that actually if dealing w/ comedy the fem chrs are VAIN or BITCHES and must discover LOVE to give life meaning - ICK #scriptchat
antonsays 8:48pm via TweetDeck

@alli_and_that that's also when you know you have a good handle on them #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:48pm via TweetChat

RT @alli_and_that: I love it when characters surprise me. Thats my favourite part of writing. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:48pm via web

@DemonSerge @teenierussell @alli_and_that I think - THINK - Russell T Davies gives them like a 3-word descrip or something! #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:47pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@alli_and_that actually if dealing w/ comedy the fem chrs are VAIN or BITCHES and must discover LOVE to give life meaning - ICK #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:47pm via TweetChat

I love it when characters surprise me. That's my favourite part of writing. #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:47pm via HootSuite

When a character is first introduced, what needs to be there? I use NAME but even AGE looks clumsy to me #scriptchat
antonsays 8:47pm via TweetDeck

@Helena_Ward villains are always great because they sometimes do the things we'd love to but are wrong. IMO #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:47pm via web

@Bang2write I'm too outside it all to know. But I will find out! :-) #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:47pm via Twitter for iPhone

@HateTheHate I'm going back to Despicable me now and the minions now :-) #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:47pm via TweetChat

@antonsays Yeah, me too. #scriptchat
Helena_Ward 8:47pm via Twitter for iPhone

@Bang2write currently writing a novel with 3 strong female characters. Can't write any other way #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:46pm via web

#scriptchat I think that's why villains get such good press ... once they have henchmen actors can just chew scenery! :P
Bang2write 8:46pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@LadyChanie yes!! All of us are individuals, yet even female writers will go for stereotype. Shame #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:46pm via web

@sianlawson Yes. I don't think I do it, but can be hard to divorce my thoughts from theirs... At least I know it's a prob :-) #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:45pm via web

#scriptchat Villains need henchmen! A man in control of other nasty "men" does not need much more character building! #holywood
antonsays 8:45pm via TweetDeck

#scriptchat @alli_and_that I think Bridesmaids was fantastic with its characters. Certainly wasn't the problem I had with the film
Bang2write 8:45pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@SohoGuy no, she was great, but yet again a seminal female chr was actually never intended that way - why are women forgotten? #scriptchat
DemonSerge 8:45pm via Twitter for iPhone

@teenierussell @alli_and_that there are writers who don't really describe characters at all, just name him/her, and move on. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:45pm via web

@rosieclaverton Nah, that sounds terrifying! ;-) #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:45pm via Twitter for iPhone

@SohoGuy all my characters were starting out as the same person so I thought what could I do to change that #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:44pm via HootSuite

RT @rosieclaverton: I write a lot of female scientists and doctors, because I know them personally. So...go out and meet women? #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:44pm via web

@alli_and_that @teenierussell Still an intro dependant more on the description of the character than the action... #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:44pm via web

@SohoGuy Perhaps everyone has enough facets to their own personality to make up a whole cast, without noticing they're all you #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:43pm via HootSuite

I write a lot of female scientists and doctors, because I know them personally. So...go out and meet women? #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:43pm via web

#scriptchat (lost who asked) I think it's always obvious when film has relied on casting (eg) Ben Stiller instead of writing good character.
SohoGuy 8:43pm via web

@TaroJ Really? Did something speciific annoy you? #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:42pm via TweetChat

@Will_Scothern @teenierussell But if they're minor, their character doesn't matter as much at that point in the story. #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:42pm via TweetChat

@Bang2write Next script has female lead that doesn't fit any of those. That's the intention, anyway. #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:42pm via web

@Bang2write I don't particularly, I just give them a voice that fits the world...the rest is semantics. #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:42pm via TweetDeck

@alli_and_that I meant that it's not just about how they are described but def also about the actions etc, #badlyphrased #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:41pm via TweetChat

@Bang2write Or obsessed with blokes? #scriptchat
elizabethkarr 8:41pm via web

@alli_and_that @TaroJ @sohoguy @perczynski I think success of #bridesmaids shook up a lot of #oldschool thinking. #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:41pm via Twitter for iPhone

All the great intros seem really interesting, whilst revealing a huge amount about the character Darth Vader Peter Venkman, Leon #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:41pm via web

@Bang2write Is there a fear of perceived audience not responding to non-traditional archetypes (ie - cliches) #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:41pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

The female chrs I see regularly are depressed and/or pregnant or kickass martial artists. Where are the rest? Why no variation? #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:40pm via web

@alli_and_that @teenierussell Maybe they start out a minor character, where the description is more relevant than action... #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:40pm via web

@Bang2write @TaroJ @rosieclaverton @perczynski @teenierussell But it didn't make her a bad female character? (I can't recall it) #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:39pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

We really need to ask WHY scribes find it so difficult to write female chrs - it's not just male writers, either!! #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:39pm via web

@Will_Scothern I assume so. I imagine an actor reads into it and performs accordingly, often differently from what I've heard #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:39pm via web

@elizabethkarr @TaroJ @sohoguy @perczynski What about something like Bridesmaids? #scriptchat
Perczynski 8:39pm via web

IMO nowadays people want to have introduction max. shortened. They all wait for action. When the movie starts! #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:39pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@Perczynski @TaroJ @rosieclaverton @sohoguy @teenierussell fraid so, had the writer tell us at @londonswf : ( #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:38pm via web

@Will_Scothern @teenierussell No - why do they have a smaller presence than anyone else? That tells you about character too. #scriptchat
elizabethkarr 8:38pm via web

@TaroJ @alli_and_that @sohoguy @perczynski I've been told girls will go see male lead,reverse harder. #whymalecharactersdominate #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:38pm via web

@SiFoulaReel Yeah short-and-sweet is defo a good call. Punchy intros, get on with it, no faffing around! #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:38pm via HootSuite

@bang2write You make a good point. Though I tend to do it at a stage where the character fills a role in a piece. Then flesh out #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:37pm via HootSuite

RT @ScriptCoach: @SohoGuy By making them someone else. It really is that simple. Chars should be their own person. Not you/who they're based on. #scriptchat
antonsays 8:37pm via TweetDeck

@alli_and_that @teenierussell totally agree with Miss Parker #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:37pm via HootSuite

RT @ScriptCoach: @antonsays Chars will always be part you, automatically; so that's not a necessity. They need to be themselves first & foremost. #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:37pm via web

@alli_and_that @teenierussell Depends on their presence in a scene surely? #scriptchat
VictorBrown 8:37pm via web

RT @HateTheHate: #scriptchat Thrillers remove the protagonist from their comfort zone, they place heightened stressors on them to provoke an xtreme response.
teenierussell 8:37pm via TweetDeck

We're just over half way through #scriptchat talking about Introducing Characters
Perczynski 8:36pm via web

@Bang2write @TaroJ @rosieclaverton @sohoguy @teenierussell Dory - male? Devastating... #scriptchat
Jonathan_Peace 8:36pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

At least that's how I try to do it :) #scriptchat
ScriptCoach 8:36pm via HootSuite

@antonsays Chars will always be part you, automatically; so that's not a necessity. They need to be themselves first & foremost. #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:35pm via TweetChat

@teenierussell I would argue that action is WAY more important to introduce a character than the description. #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:35pm via HootSuite

@bang2write Would've still loved to see him take on Wonder Woman. #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:35pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@rosieclaverton don't agree, think it exacerbates the whole "men with boobs" issue #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:35pm via web

RT @Will_Scothern: Character intros...are good ones affected by the actor playing them? #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:34pm via Twitter for iPhone

@Bang2write @rosieclaverton @sohoguy @perczynski @teenierussell that's one I've never heard before #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:34pm via web

The first ep of new series Dr Who is a good character intro. The Doc is revealed slowly, and via the investigations of Rose #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:34pm via web

@antonsays @TaroJ @teenierussell Dammit, you guys are all awesome so I can't argue that. #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:34pm via HootSuite

Another hated character: the modern working woman who can't use an oven. Or work the washing machine. I mean, what? #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:34pm via web

#scriptchat I have a tip for myself (I will share) .. refer to the characters appearance, possessions etc. in the script. #tieTHEMtoTHEstory
ScriptCoach 8:34pm via HootSuite

@SohoGuy By making them someone else. It really is that simple. Chars should be their own person. Not you/who they're based on. #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:34pm via TweetDeck

As has been said introducing a character is as much as the character description, as it is about the actions and dialogue. #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:34pm via web

Character intros...are good ones affected by the actor playing them? #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:34pm via web

@john_hunter @alli_and_that @SohoGuy "Write what you know!" Motion capture and newtonian physics! Wait, what? #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:33pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@rosieclaverton and yet Joss never loves his grrrlz better than when they're fucked up over a guy!! ;) #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:33pm via HootSuite

@bang2write Agree it's not the answer, but can be helpful as an exercise if one is struggling to write women. #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:33pm via Twitter for iPhone

@SohoGuy that is actually one of the reasons I started writing female characters #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:33pm via web

@rosieclaverton This is a good point: other characters can set-up your reveal. Same with the first new Dr Who ep, to a degree #scriptchat
SiFoulaReel 8:33pm via motoblur

Sorry to miss #scriptchat but I'm in the last 2 hours of filming shows since 9am. Short, punchy, attitude-indicators to intro characters!
antonsays 8:32pm via TweetDeck

@alli_and_that @TaroJ @teenierussell awesome minds? #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:32pm via TweetChat

RT @antonsays @SohoGuy I think you have to be all your characters in some way. They are still your voice but not your dialogue #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:32pm via web

RT @john_hunter: @rosieclaverton I think that's one of my favourite techniques. Know other's reactions before you see the person in question #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:32pm via web

@SohoGuy :) Few people can write with a specific actor in mind. #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:32pm via web

@TaroJ @antonsays @teenierussell I think I'd argue about the phrase 'great minds'.... #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:32pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@TaroJ @rosieclaverton @sohoguy @perczynski @teenierussell depressingly, Dory from FINDING NEMO started off male too!!! #scriptchat #lesigh
Jonathan_Peace 8:31pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

eg: HOODY BROWN explodes into the room - dirty, bad-tempered, his guns make a convincing argument for anyone sane to leave. #scriptchat
Kalel1323 8:31pm via TweetDeck

RT @GoIntoTheStory: Steven Spielberg: "I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large force." #screenwriting #scriptchat
Scatoma 8:31pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Strewnfields weekly chapter-- scr.bi/9RUfkI #amwriting #writing #bookbuzzr #scriptchat #fiction #novels #writers #reading #Books
TaroJ 8:31pm via Twitter for iPhone

@antonsays @alli_and_that @perczynski I just said that to @teenierussell ! Great minds #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:31pm via web

@HateTheHate Absolutely. Amazing how many writers say the characters change on the page as they see the cast perform #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:31pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@rosieclaverton gotta be "the GIRL character". COS ALL WOMEN ARE THE SAME. Kids' movies + cartoons can be mega guilty of it #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:31pm via web

@teenierussell Ok, because it would have been creepy if you'd said "I find that other women will see things EXACTLY like I do" #scriptchat
antonsays 8:30pm via TweetDeck

@SohoGuy I think you have to be all your characters in some way. They are still your voice but not your dialogue #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:30pm via Twitter for iPhone

@Bang2write @rosieclaverton @sohoguy @perczynski 29 minutes for the first alien reference swapping sex :-) payup @teenierussell #scriptchat
BB_Filmmaking 8:30pm via TweetDeck

RT @antonsays: #scriptchat one of the best examples of intro ever is the first 7 lines of the first FRIENDS where 4 chars are nailed: bit.ly/uQUfvb
elizabethkarr 8:30pm via web

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john_hunter 8:30pm via web

Venkman in Ghostbusters. RT @Will_Scothern So everyone's favourite character intros? TV and Films that is. #scriptchat
TwtrChat411 8:30pm via HootSuite

Today at 8:00 pm EST starts #scriptchat created to bring aspiring and seasoned screenwriters together. - ow.ly/7UFya
SohoGuy 8:29pm via web

Ok, fresh debate: how do you avoid your main character being you? Or should you avoid it? Can it be a good thing? #scriptchat
GeorgeWebster 8:29pm via web

RT @Raindance: Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
antonsays 8:28pm via TweetDeck

@sianlawson yeah if you leave an intro late then make it a BIG intro #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:28pm via web

@antonsays @Perczynski @TaroJ I'm sure you know some pretty awesome people to base your characters on. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:28pm via web

@Bang2write @rosieclaverton @Perczynski Sure, was just using it as an example from the past - 1961 actually lol! #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:28pm via web

@alli_and_that @SohoGuy @sianlawson Write what you know! #scriptchat #awesome
Will_Scothern 8:28pm via web

So everyone's favourite character intros? TV and Films that is. #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:28pm via HootSuite

@bang2write I love the Joss Whedon interview quote: "Why do you write strong female characters?" "Because you're still asking" #scriptchat
Jonathan_Peace 8:28pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Describe a character through their action, don't describe what they look like. But if you need to outline them - 5 words or less #scriptchat
antonsays 8:27pm via TweetDeck

@alli_and_that @Perczynski @TaroJ that's right base your characters on loose women. OH NO that's not what she meant. #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:27pm via Twitter for iPhone

@Perczynski @alli_and_that I think the Bromance genre has even invaded on that now. #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:27pm via TweetChat

@teenierussell @sohoguy Exactly. It's not a different woman, it's a different person. So write them as a person, not a gender. #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:27pm via web

@rosieclaverton I think that's one of my favourite techniques. Know other's reactions before you see the person in question #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:27pm via web

@antonsays Vicky Cristina Barcelona last night -waited an HOUR for the poster-worthy, oscar-winning part for Cruz. Big intro tho #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:27pm via TweetDeck

@rosieclaverton actions speak louder than words :-) I quite like the quiet ones, but agree that can be tricky #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:27pm via HootSuite

RT @rosieclaverton: My favourite TV introduction: The West Wing, especially The President. You know him before you see him. #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:26pm via web

@john_hunter @SohoGuy @sianlawson WEIRD. All mine are called Alli and are EXACTLY THE SAME AS THAT. #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:26pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@rosieclaverton @SohoGuy @Perczynski changing gender from male to female has become a stereotype in itself, ALIEN was 32yrs ago #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:26pm via TweetDeck

@SohoGuy @alli_and_that I find that other women will see things differently than I do too, different beliefs; just a diff person #scriptchat
antonsays 8:26pm via web

RT @john_hunter: @SohoGuy @sianlawson @alli_and_that All of my characters are called John. They are all awesome and self-delusional :-) #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:26pm via web

#scriptchat Character is easy to shorthand BUT you have to rely on casting, costume etc. to bring a WRITTEN character to life. #variables
alli_and_that 8:26pm via web

RT @john_hunter: @SohoGuy @sianlawson @alli_and_that All of my characters are called John. They are all awesome and self-delusional :-) #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:26pm via HootSuite

My favourite TV introduction: The West Wing, especially The President. You know him before you see him. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:26pm via web

@Bang2write @rosieclaverton @Perczynski I think I'm quite good at writing females. I think. Well, equally as bad/good as males! #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:26pm via web

@Perczynski @TaroJ Instead of seeing genres, think about the women you know. Base your characters on them (loosely). #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:26pm via web

@SohoGuy @sianlawson @alli_and_that All of my characters are called John. They are all awesome and self-delusional :-) #scriptchat
Bang2write 8:25pm via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

@rosieclaverton @SohoGuy @Perczynski or better still - write some better females!! PLEASE. We need some! #scriptchat
Perczynski 8:25pm via web

@TaroJ @alli_and_that This can be a reason. When I think of leading female character I see genres :drama, roamntic comedy #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:25pm via web

@sianlawson @john_hunter @alli_and_that Haha! Mine all are getting aspects of the psychological hell of my last 2 years!! #scriptchat
antonsays 8:24pm via TweetDeck

@TaroJ @alli_and_that a masterclass in 7 lines. That's why reading scripts is so important #scriptchat
sstevendavies 8:24pm via TweetDeck

RT @ShortIsBetter: How is your script coming along? Is it ready to be entered into the CSSC? Details here: bit.ly/ajnOXI #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:24pm via web

@antonsays Plus you can introduce them twice. Batman first, Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne 10 minutes later. #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:24pm via web

@john_hunter @alli_and_that @SohoGuy Mine are currently representative of my divorce, but that should wear itself out! #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:24pm via web

RT @TheScriptJoint: "No matter how advanced the technology, people are going to respond to a well-told story." #writing #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:23pm via Twitter for iPhone

@antonsays you can see four distinct person personalities straight away #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:23pm via web

#scriptchat Think Lethal Weapon the DC. We are told that Riggs is crazy but in the DC you see him truly act crazy. :)
SohoGuy 8:23pm via web

@rosieclaverton @Perczynski That's what happened with Cathy Gale in the Avengers. Written for a man, then they cast a woman! #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:23pm via TweetDeck

@rosieclaverton Do it like Arrested Development, give them all the same name #notquite #scriptchat
antonsays 8:22pm via TweetDeck

#scriptchat in superhero movies the superhero can sometimes be introduced quite late as the villains setup is taking place. Then a BIG intro
rosieclaverton 8:22pm via HootSuite

@SohoGuy @Perczynski I always think "could I change this character's gender?" You'll surprise yourself. #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:22pm via web

@sianlawson Even if you don't care for the char. as a whole. Enough to intrigue. @Will_Scothern #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:22pm via TweetChat

@Mockwriter I would argue it varies for every script. #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:22pm via web

@alli_and_that @sianlawson @SohoGuy I agree. I think all my characters are a part of me (very rarely noticably tho, I hope) #scriptchat
Perczynski 8:22pm via web

Introduction is always about that brilliant moment showing in one situation the complex of our character #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:22pm via TweetChat

@antonsays Completely. I love that example because those strands really do run through the entire series. #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:21pm via TweetDeck

@rosieclaverton In Reservoir Dogs you meet everyone at once in one scene, whereas in Magnolia it takes time #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:21pm via Twitter for iPhone

@alli_and_that @sohoguy @perczynski well I'm guessing hollywood films are so male oriented that's where a lot influences are? #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:21pm via TweetDeck

RT @antonsays: #scriptchat one of the best examples of intro ever is the first 7 lines of the first FRIENDS where 4 chars are nailed: bit.ly/uQUfvb
Will_Scothern 8:21pm via web

@TaroJ Gotta love to hate them... #scriptchat
lastcaw 8:21pm via web

RT @Raindance: Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
HateTheHate 8:21pm via web

#scriptchat Characters only need an internal "story" if it impacts on the movement of the plot. #holywood
Mockwriter 8:21pm via TweetChat

By what page do you mention all main characters that occur within the storyline? #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:21pm via TweetChat

@sianlawson @SohoGuy Not all my characters are representative of me, mind you. But definitely some of them. #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:20pm via web

@Mockwriter @Will_Scothern Right, you have to care what happens to them, or you find yourself forgetting to watch. #scriptchat
antonsays 8:20pm via TweetDeck

#scriptchat one of the best examples of intro ever is the first 7 lines of the first FRIENDS where 4 chars are nailed: bit.ly/uQUfvb
Perczynski 8:20pm via web

@teenierussell Yeah Gru was fantastic! #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:20pm via TweetDeck

@rosieclaverton I haven't tried ensemble cast yet, but definitely tricky #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:20pm via TweetChat

@sianlawson But yeah, use it as an excuse for a holiday anyway. #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:19pm via Twitter for iPhone

@teenierussell I love that! Sums him up straight away no physical description or dialogue #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:19pm via TweetChat

RT @SohoGuy: Yes people do focus too much on dialogue when introing characters sometimes. The action does speak louder #scriptchat
RichardJMoir 8:19pm via web

RT @SohoGuy: Yes people do focus too much on dialogue when introing characters sometimes. The action does speak louder #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:19pm via TweetChat

@sianlawson @SohoGuy I think all characters come from a place inside us. I know many of my characters are representative of me. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:19pm via web

Yes people do focus too much on dialogue when introing characters sometimes. The action does speak louder #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:19pm via HootSuite

I hate characters that can be described with one word. That shows a serious lack of work. Worst offender: "the gay one". #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:18pm via TweetChat

@SohoGuy @Perczynski Why do you find it difficult to write female characters, do you think? #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:18pm via TweetChat

RT @BB_Filmmaking: RT @teenierussell: Heres @johnaugust s great post on Introducing Characters - tinyurl.com/d9kab2f #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:18pm via TweetDeck

...He stops and makes the child a balloon animal. He gives the child the balloon animal…and then promptly pops it." #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:18pm via TweetDeck

#scriptchat Love the intro to Gru in Despicable Me "Gru walks through the park and sees a CHILD. The child is sad about a dropped ice cream
sianlawson 8:18pm via web

@SohoGuy @alli_and_that Someone pointed out that recently I only write broken, vulnerable women, maybe says I need a holiday #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:17pm via TweetChat

@HateTheHate I agree, I think character comes from action so the scene shows who they are. #scriptchat
BB_Filmmaking 8:17pm via Twitter for iPhone

RT @teenierussell: Here's @johnaugust 's great post on Introducing Characters - tinyurl.com/d9kab2f #scriptchat
Jamie_LD 8:17pm via HootSuite

@JackMarchetti Re film making Q&A,fine to mention this using the #scriptchat hashtag, but tonight during the chat we have a guest, so...
Mockwriter 8:17pm via web

@sianlawson Giving the character that something for the viewer to latch on to and want to watch @Will_Scothern #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:17pm via web

@Perczynski I wonder if I just think they are hard to do, rather than it actually be the case. Maybe I'm better than I think? #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:16pm via TweetChat

@SohoGuy I think so, but it also depends on the character. I know sharp as a tack men and completely unobservant women. Depends. #scriptchat
HateTheHate 8:16pm via web

#scriptchat I tend to think of characters in the context of their environment not their internal process. #setTHEscene #not #setTHEcharacter
Mockwriter 8:16pm via web

RT @sianlawson: @Mockwriter @Will_Scothern When I watch I don't have to like them, but I do need to sympathise (sympathetic v likeable char) #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:16pm via TweetChat

RT @alli_and_that: @SohoGuy Don't think about the fact that they're FEMALE, just write them as NORMAL characters. #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:16pm via HootSuite

RT @rosieclaverton: I think characters need to be "Strong characters, female" @SohoGuy - being female is only part of the package. Same with race. #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:15pm via TweetChat

RT @alli_and_that: @SohoGuy I never think 'She's a girl so she acts like this', I think 'This is Ruby, who acts this way cause that's who she is.' #scriptchat
lisabethtea 8:15pm via web

RT @john_hunter: #scriptchat A mini 'everyday' conflict before the catalyst turns up can be a nice way to get to know characters in (everyday) action.
BB_Filmmaking 8:15pm via web

Joining in with #scriptchat guys! Tonight's about introducing characters!!!
sianlawson 8:15pm via web

@Mockwriter @Will_Scothern When I watch I don't have to like them, but I do need to sympathise (sympathetic v likeable char) #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:15pm via TweetDeck

@john_hunter Great intro, how he looks tough, but has fears like everyone and the giant teddy shows he's a family man #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:14pm via HootSuite

Worst character trait to introduce - "quiet". That guy definitely needs a strong visual. #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:14pm via web

@alli_and_that I think that I think the same way i.e. regardless of gender. But as a male I wonder if women see things I don't #scriptchat
lizzayn 8:14pm via Twitter for iPhone

example: describing a character as "alpha male. Women want him, men want to be him" gets the character across but is obnoxious. #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:14pm via HootSuite

@teenierussell TV - it's a big ensemble hospital drama, but those eight are important for Season 1. Damn difficult. #scriptchat
TheScriptJoint 8:14pm via web

"No matter how advanced the technology, people are going to respond to a well-told story." #writing #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:13pm via TweetChat

RT @alli_and_that: @SohoGuy I never think 'She's a girl so she acts like this', I think 'This is Ruby, who acts this way cause that's who she is.' #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:13pm via web

RT @john_hunter: #scriptchat A mini 'everyday' conflict before the catalyst turns up can be a nice way to get to know characters in (everyday) action.
Perczynski 8:13pm via web

@SohoGuy I admit, that I've got the same problem. Female character=hard to do it #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:13pm via web

@john_hunter It's finding the balance for the character in question. @teenierussell #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:13pm via web

#scriptchat I'm thinking like John McClane in Die Hard (not really a character movie) he has to face fear of flying & LA pre-terrorists.
alexjrdurham 8:13pm via web

RT @Raindance: Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
alli_and_that 8:13pm via TweetChat

@lizzayn Give them something else to play with. They're violent and pretentious. They're miserable and hokey etc. #scriptchat
rosieclaverton 8:13pm via HootSuite

I think characters also need a strong visual and speaking identity. With TV, it takes a couple of weeks for me to learn names. #scriptchat
YatuTweets 8:12pm via web

RT @Raindance: Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
john_hunter 8:12pm via web

#scriptchat A mini 'everyday' conflict before the catalyst turns up can be a nice way to get to know characters in (everyday) action.
Mockwriter 8:11pm via TweetChat

RT @Will_Scothern: Doesnt have to be immediate but the audience needs to find something to like eventually... #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:11pm via TweetDeck

@rosieclaverton Is it for a feature or TV #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:11pm via TweetChat

@SohoGuy How do you think when you write male characters? #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:11pm via TweetChat

@SohoGuy I never think 'She's a girl so she acts like this', I think 'This is Ruby, who acts this way cause that's who she is.' #scriptchat
PaulDBrazill 8:10pm via web

RT @Raindance: Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
IndieFilmNOLA 8:10pm via web

RT @Raindance: Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
rosieclaverton 8:10pm via HootSuite

I think characters need to be "Strong characters, female" @SohoGuy - being female is only part of the package. Same with race. #scriptchat
Perczynski 8:09pm via web

"The Hangover" is the good ex. of brief character intro - I get as many information as I need to go in to story #scriptchat
alli_and_that 8:09pm via TweetChat

@SohoGuy Don't think about the fact that they're FEMALE, just write them as NORMAL characters. #scriptchat
lizzayn 8:09pm via Twitter for iPhone

How do you make the character interesting without coming off as hokey or pretentious? #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:09pm via TweetDeck

Ah yes, agreed! RT: @mockwriter More having a redeeming quality, irrespective of their overall nature -. #scriptchat
Raindance 8:09pm via web

Hola #scriptchat from London UK ! Want a PDF of "DRIVE"? email info@raindance.co.uk - the electronis intern pings one back
rosieclaverton 8:08pm via HootSuite

I was writing my character intro scenes for my #RPP script on the train up from London this evening. Eight characters - argh! #scriptchat
Perczynski 8:08pm via web

@Will_Scothern @teenierussell @Mockwriter Totally agree. The character has to be LIKEABLE or INTERESTING #scriptchat
SohoGuy 8:08pm via web

How would female writers advise male writers to avoid poor female characterisation? #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:07pm via web

@Mockwriter @teenierussell I think I've read far too many obvious 'Save the cat' moments since that book came out though #scriptchat
Perczynski 8:07pm via web

@john_hunter That's interesting idea. #scriptchat
Will_Scothern 8:07pm via web

@teenierussell @Mockwriter Doesn't have to be immediate but the audience needs to find something to like eventually... #scriptchat
TaroJ 8:07pm via Twitter for iPhone

I had a look at Empires top 100 characters and was surprised at how many of the favourite characters were villains. #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:06pm via TweetDeck

When introducing a character, I find it hard to find good ways of describing a character rather than the usual NAME, age... #scriptchat
Hit_Delete 8:06pm via Twitter for iPhone

New post today- how to give feedback (particularly to a loved one/friend) - subtitled 'the shit sandwich': bit.ly/vUjSLR #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:06pm via TweetChat

@teenierussell More having a redeeming quality, irrespective of their overall nature - for the viewer to latch on to. #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:05pm via web

I think my main thought on introducing characters is they need to be intriguing long before the plot kicks in #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:05pm via web

RT @john_hunter: Entering the world of #scriptchat for a bit. Tonight's subject is Introducing your Characters.
rosieclaverton 8:05pm via HootSuite

Woop, just got home in time for #scriptchat! Happy day!
teenierussell 8:04pm via TweetDeck

@Mockwriter do they always have to be likeable though to work? #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:04pm via web

Entering the world of #scriptchat for a bit. Tonight's subject is Introducing your Characters.
john_hunter 8:04pm via TweetDeck

RT @TaroJ: Hi all #scriptchat I think the moment writing characters clicked for me was when I stopped making them "nice".
Mockwriter 8:03pm via TweetChat

Character introduction - giving the protag the likeability factor from the off. #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:03pm via TweetDeck

@sianlawson I won't tell if you don't ;-) #scriptchat
sianlawson 8:03pm via web

@Mockwriter @teenierussell we can do #scriptchat whilst watching xfactor, right? No one will know. Oops.
TaroJ 8:03pm via TweetDeck

Hi all #scriptchat I think the moment writing characters clicked for me was when I stopped making them "nice".
teenierussell 8:02pm via TweetDeck

@perczynski Agreed, there should always be development for better or for worse #scriptchat
Perczynski 8:02pm via web

"Somewhere" By Coppola is one of those bad IMO character introduction. I got bored. #scriptchat
SushamaKapur 8:01pm via Twaitter

RT @writeforfilm: Classic short stories make the best movies . . empirecontact.com/short/fiction.… #screenwriting #scriptchat
Mockwriter 8:01pm via TweetChat

RT @teenierussell: It’s #scriptchat O’Clock and we’ll be talking about Introducing Characters. Come and join us!!! #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:01pm via TweetDeck

@Perczynski Hello Tomasz #scriptchat
john_hunter 8:01pm via TweetDeck

RT @teenierussell: It’s #scriptchat O’Clock and we’ll be talking about Introducing Characters. Come and join us!!!
Perczynski 8:00pm via web

IMO the worst sin of writers is to write too many scenes, which show still the same aspect of the character. #scriptchat
writeforfilm 8:00pm via Twaitter

Classic short stories make the best movies . . empirecontact.com/short/fiction.… #screenwriting #scriptchat
teenierussell 8:00pm via TweetDeck

It’s #scriptchat O’Clock and we’ll be talking about Introducing Characters. Come and join us!!!




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art1032 RT:When i see stories for my characters everywhere, i know i'm digging a hole in the right place.#scriptchat @TrueFactBarFact @IngridElkner -9:02 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
GCGeek @jeannevb To this day, my favorite throw-away character names in Baby Mama: "Wingspan" & "Banjo" dissing "creative" baby names #scriptchat -9:01 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
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SarahAlexis4 @TrueFactBarFact, thank you so much for your time & sharing your insight! Looking forward to checking out your books. #scriptchat -8:59 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms My bad guy is ambitious to succeed but lacks the skills and knowledge to do it, so he leans on others' abilities to get his way. #scriptchat -8:59 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
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Josh_Sager Would you agree that you either have to love or hate a character, but not feel indifferent? #scriptchat -8:58 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
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TrueFactBarFact @IngridElkner when i see stories for my characters everywhere, i know i'm digging a hole in the right place. #scriptchat -8:58 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @IngridElkner right on. the world is telling you your understanding of character is true #scriptchat -8:57 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @JAEL488 i drink heavily #scriptchat -8:57 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner I love when I hear a line or make a joke or see a t-shirt & KNOW straight away that one of my characters would say/wear/do that. #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @JAEL488 seriously, i make sure i have a vague destination, some sort of ending, then see how i can get there. #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
DH_Screenwriter @JasminSharon It's your "Trademark", like "Marvin" is a Quentin Tarantino character Trademark in most of his #scripts #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
AllMightyGoold Almost all of my main characters have unusual names, but not so unusual that they come off as strange. #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @JAEL488 i drink heavily #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky John has a great section on creating funny names in Comic Toolbox RT @jeannevb: Re: character names, apps for ipad & directory #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms RT @SarahAlexis4: best when a character begins to write him/herself bc u have a strong grasp of who they are/what they want #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @SarahAlexis4 i call that "critical mass." when i feed enuf into the character, the character explodes into himself/herself #scriptchat -8:56 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
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jeannevb RT @wcmartell: About 2 kick me out of Starbucks-cops here.After u buy Johns book, chk out Secrets Of Action http://t.co/Wpv9VanH #scriptchat -8:55 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers @JasminSharon @jeannevb When desperate, I use a random name generator. http://t.co/pe7Y5BbI #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:55 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
CarolSabikJaffe RT @jeannevb: Re: character names, I use baby naming apps for ipad & also my Cornell directory. #scriptchat -8:55 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 @TrueFactBarFact So how do you prepare for novel? #scriptchat #amwriting -8:55 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @rebelshea with scripts, i need the structure of an outline or the whole thing falls apart #scriptchat -8:55 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IanTopple What makes a script boring. I saw the Polar Express and it was pretty boring even though lots of stuff was happening. #scriptchat -8:55 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @jeannevb i borrow. "Radar Hoverlander" came from JPL mars probes (see THE CALIFORNIA ROLL for more) #scriptchat -8:54 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Brilliant! RT @TrueFactBarFact: character is defined thru choice. Give us a strong early choice to define character #scriptchat -8:54 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 The best feeling's when a character really begins to write him/herself bc you have a strong grasp of who they are/what they want #scriptchat -8:54 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rebelshea @TrueFactBarFact I usually just work out the ending and then wing it from there. I need the freedom in the middle to invent. #scriptchat -8:54 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb RT @Jamie_LD: Only 40 min to #tvwriterchat We're discussing structure of the Single Camera sitcom. #scriptchat peeps welcome. #scriptchat -8:54 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
LM_Preston RT @jeannevb: Re: character names, I use baby naming apps for ipad & also my Cornell directory. #scriptchat -8:54 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rebelshea with scripts, i need the structure of an outline or the whole thing falls apart #scriptchat -8:54 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb Re: character names, I use baby naming apps for ipad & also my Cornell directory. #scriptchat -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
art1032 I love hearing people's method of madness also. I have tweaked my own based on some heard in here.#Scriptchat @SarahAlexis4 @stacy_chambers -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
AllMightyGoold RT @TrueFactBarFact: @AllMightyGoold i think that's a maturity thing: as we grow in our craft, we know how to invent, not just reinvent, character. #scriptchat -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rebelshea scripts yes, novels no. with the novels, if i know where they're going i can't be bothered to write them. #scriptchat -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 don't worry. Oakland's not that bad @wcmartell #scriptchat -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @OfficeHooky okay i'll put it another way: character is defined thru choice. Give us a strong early choice to define character #scriptchat -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD Only 40 minutes to #tvwriterchat We are discussing the structure of the Single Camera sitcom. #scriptchat peeps welcome. -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasminSharon @Jamie_LD #scriptchat I do a lot of find/replace! -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Josh_Sager #scriptchat -8:53 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rebelshea @TrueFactBarFact Do you outline your story first? #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @OfficeHooky okay i'll put it another way: character is defined thru choice. Give us a strong early choice to define character #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
DH_Screenwriter @TrueFactBarFact @sarahalexis4 Would be great to write in a theme song, Like Vader's "Imperial March" intro in #StarWars #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasminSharon @jeannevb #hippysprinkler #scriptchat I'm also starting to sprinkle woman with thick long island accent hahaha -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IanTopple @TheWriteScript Same here #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @JasminSharon coming up with names is difficult for me too. #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
writingnewman RT @Dealfatigue: Retweeting my link to The Screenplay Hit List of 2011 http://t.co/aoWGg4ho cc: @jeannevb #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
CarolSabikJaffe RT @wcmartell: You can't force a character - you can put them in a situation and let them do what they do. #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @AllMightyGoold i think that's a maturity thing: as we grow in our craft, we know how to invent, not just reinvent, character. #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell About to kick me out of Starbucks - cops are here - after you buy John's book, check out Secrets Of Action http://t.co/zBGLDQpB #scriptchat -8:52 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Coltish might very well be a physical trait :) RT @IngridElkner: @TrueFactBarFact Give characters unique physical trait? #scriptchat -8:51 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasminSharon @TrueFactBarFact #scriptchat hahahaha right! -8:51 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
AllMightyGoold None of the characters in my latest script are based on people I know. #scriptchat -8:51 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @richmagahiz not usually. the story structure should not require it. #scriptchat -8:51 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 write out your character outer and inner motivation, write the script, if it doesn't work don't be afraid to revise it. #scriptchat -8:51 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
art1032 I write minimal char. bios and as the story goes more always comes out.#scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 @stacy_chambers I like to hear about everybody's own process. Thanks for sharing :) #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Cal_Ed WORLD SERIES OF MURDER, btw. Best bet is author-narrated audio. I love reading me out loud #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms @OMGChrisMueller Make some new "friends"! LOL. #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @JasminSharon I love that #hippysprinkler ;) #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 How is there only 10 more minutes left!?!? @TrueFactBarFact has been killing it tonight. Get those last minute questions in. #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
richmagahiz @TrueFactBarFact When rewriting a script, do you find yourself adding new chars or taking some out usually? #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
   
whomadewhoprods RT @jeannevb: FYI, @TrueFactBarFact does script consulting.... contact is on his web page http://t.co/2uOYCpiG #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasmineMcAtee @OfficeHooky A quick one-page summary of a character helps me immensely when writing. Not fav color, but general bkgd. #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @JasminSharon we all have our self-indulgent inside jokes. wrote a novel with every character named after town/city in nevada #scriptchat -8:50 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasminSharon @Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact #scriptchat me freakn too. And I'm not great at coming up with names in thefirst place -8:49 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @rdlln I have used consultants, esp in beginning before I had seasoned writers as friends to give feedback. #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @OfficeHooky i can live with that. "the ocean is blue but it's also wet." #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 Every script I voted for in the Hit List made it this year except Dirty Grandpa... boo! It was hilarious! http://t.co/JL7bA47G #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Cal_Ed RT @wcmartell: You can't force a character - you can put them in a situation and let them do what they do. #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasminSharon Is it bad I love sprinkling a hippie in my scripts, even if its "woman at register". #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner @TrueFactBarFact How do you feel about giving characters a unique physical trait to make them stand out? #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OMGChrisMueller @JasminSharon my best characters have come from exaging the ones I know - running out of friends though... #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Cal_Ed RT @wcmartell: My antagonists *are* part of me... and I love it. I get to be bad! #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers @wcmartell Yep. #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Cal_Ed RT @wcmartell: I think a *human* villain (dimensional) is more frightening than a 2D pure evil person. #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers @SarahAlexis4 I think you just have to write it. Revise it if you don't think it's strong enough. I know you didn't ask me. : ) #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @SarahAlexis4 i look for clear signifiers. Today I defined a character as "coltish." #scriptchat -8:48 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
CarolSabikJaffe RT @Dealfatigue: Retweeting my link to The Screenplay Hit List of 2011 http://t.co/iTwWuSlo cc: @jeannevb #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rdlln @jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact / @JohnAugust @clmazin didn't speak well of cnsltnts in last ep of #scriptnotes I'm #stillonthefence #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Character bios are very helpful for me. I don't think I could start a project without. Makes relevant to story line. #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD Ever! RT @TrueFactBarFact: @JAEL488 love rounders. best poker movie ever #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @JAEL488 love rounders. best poker movie ever #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell @Stacy - I want to know their core, the way they see life, goals, attitude - they things that make them who they are. #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD LMAO, me too. RT @TrueFactBarFact: @Jamie_LD i can barely remember their names. #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb Cool! RT @Dealfatigue: Retweeting my link to The Screenplay Hit List of 2011 http://t.co/GsrKxkth cc: @jeannevb #scriptchat -8:47 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 @TrueFactBarFact How do you write your char. intros/descriptions when they 1st enter? What to include for strong 1st impression? #scriptchat -8:46 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Jamie_LD i can barely remember their names. #scriptchat -8:46 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger @wcmartell Thank goodness. I can barely see through this sickness haze, haha. Finally people speak my lingo! #typos #scriptchat -8:46 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact I do make an exception for novel when it comes to char bios. I have to remember what they look like. #scriptchat -8:45 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
DH_Screenwriter #scriptchat talking character! I always find #writers create characters without "Visible Motivation". Usually makes them boring! -8:45 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 @TrueFactBarFact Did you like "Rounders" Let's play some cards. #scriptchat -8:45 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner I get some hilarious ideas and motivations out of writing bios, esp. 'cos a lot of my characters are puppets/cartoon characters. #scriptchat -8:45 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Jamie_LD booked #scriptchat -8:45 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @dandollar sensible #scriptchat -8:45 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers @wcmartell I do, too. I like to have a lot of details about them. More real that way. #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:45 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact @zacsanford and I will take you out for drinks and talk cards next time I'm in LA. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Dealfatigue Retweeting my link to The Screenplay Hit List of 2011 http://t.co/iTwWuSlo cc: @jeannevb #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell @Rachlanger - we all speak typos here. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @wcmartell a clue -- and lots and lots of coffee #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @IngridElkner i come up with a primary objective for the character, but apart from that not much else #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasminSharon @OMGChrisMueller #scriptchat there's just so many interesting ppl around, can't make up the crash ish in ppl I see hahaha -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 @TrueFactBarFact Thanks for the advice... will check out your new book as I dug Truth in Comedy when I was doing improv. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms If I know my antagonist has a chip on his shoulder for whatever reason, I don't care what his favorite color is. :- #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb FYI, @TrueFactBarFact does script consulting.... contact is on his web page http://t.co/2uOYCpiG #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @IngridElkner mnemonic device: "left is for logic, right is for rock and roll" #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rdlln .@TrueFactBarFact makes me feel a whole lot better about jumping into my 1st drafts. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact I actually played in the Ultimate Bet tourney. Met you there years ago. #scriptchat -8:44 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell I do limited character bios... because they are shooting my script and I have 2 weeks to write the sucker. Need a clue. #scriptchat -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger *Forever. #medhaze #scriptchat -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
BlueRidgefilms #scriptchat Hi everyone, sorry to be late. -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger @Jamie_LD @zacsanford Just plodded through character bios on the novella I'm working on. Took FORECER! #scriptchat -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 The John V. line I live by while writing "Logic and comedy are not always close friends, nor often even nodding acquaintences. #scriptchat -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Jamie_LD lol. email me. we'll talk poker forever #scriptchat -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner I'll do a bio and left-brain structuring of a character, but only once I have a good idea of them, know how they talk and act. #scriptchat -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 Thank you MUCHO!! :) RT @rachlanger: I just funded Wave Goodbye on #indiegogo. Fund it too! http://t.co/P4xfW60O #scriptchat -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
DH_Screenwriter #scriptchat I'm late again... -8:43 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @zacsanford2 and it is. write a dang script! Find out who you've got #scriptchat -8:42 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 @dianewms If you're using TweetChat is automatically adds the hashtag. #scriptchat -8:42 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact Do we get to spend the last 5 minutes talking poker? #scriptchat -8:42 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @richmagahiz Iago just wants love -- just like us all. If that ain't a sympathetic monster, i'll eat my remaining hair #scriptchat -8:42 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms RT @TrueFactBarFact: @Jamie_LD thats going to be my new motto: SCREW CHARACTER BIOS #scriptchat -8:42 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @zacsanford2 I agree Zac. It's harder than writing the script. #scriptchat -8:42 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger I just funded Wave Goodbye on #indiegogo. Fund it too! http://t.co/Cu5TAFaQ #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 @TrueFactBarFact I've never done character bios until this latest project when I started developing a pilot. Feels unnatural. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms Do I have to add #scriptchat or will this venue add it automatically? #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
richmagahiz @TrueFactBarFact Only Shakespeare can get away with that (Iago) #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
   
Jamie_LD I love it. RT @TrueFactBarFact: @Jamie_LD that's going to be my new motto: SCREW CHARACTER BIOS #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell You can't force a character - you can put them in a situation and let them do what they do. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasmineMcAtee @rdlln I would potentially be interested in that post-chat. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Jamie_LD that's going to be my new motto: SCREW CHARACTER BIOS #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb 20 more minutes to pick John Vorhaus's @TrueFactBarFact brain... keep the character questions coming #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OMGChrisMueller @JasminSharon totally agree Jasmin #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact Character comes out in the story. Better than bio. #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Mindy_Crump @Dark_Emergence I have to agree with you such a great chat this week as is with basically all of the chats #scriptchat -8:41 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
MBDymension Got 2 1st drafts I'm writing. If I had the time I wanted I'm sure I'd be don't with both by mid Jan. But gotta stay hungry! #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms Love Sheldon on Big Bang. He's the most honest character I know. One of the actresses has a PhD in physics, too. #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
richmagahiz @TrueFactBarFact Seems like he'd be a great villain in a drama too #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @dianewms likewise, your bad guy cant "just want money" or "just be crazy." #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD RT @TrueFactBarFact: @rdlln SCREW CHARACTER BIOS!!!!!!! Put them in story, see what they do! That's where the real learning lies #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
AllMightyGoold Is it still #scriptchat?? What's goin' on? -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @rdlln thx! #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
BrowneTom One of my favorite villains - Lotso from Toy Story 3. We feel sorry for him but we also hate him. #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rebelshea exacto #scriptchat -8:40 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @zacsanford2 serious. character bios are a waste of time and JUST NO FUN. Story is where the treasure lies. #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasminSharon I like characters with traits frm ppl I've met in real life, I just intensify whatever deal/quirk/issue they have. #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms I think each character, good & bad, has to have believable motivation. To conquer the world is lame. #scriptchat too much upkeep #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rdlln I'm starting the G+ hangout now if anyone wants to join us @dandollar @WriterWarrior @garyploski for an online table read after #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Mindy_Crump RT @TrueFactBarFact: @rdlln SCREW CHARACTER BIOS!!!!!!! Put them in story, see what they do! That's where the real learning lies #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @TrueFactBarFact i heard vince gilligan talk about "mechanical" writing - forcing your characters through a plot you want #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rebelshea I've started writing scenes just to learn the character and then cutting the unnecessary stuff later. #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @rdlln SCREW CHARACTER BIOS!!!!!!! Put them in story, see what they do! Thats where the real learning lies #scriptchat -8:39 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @richmagahiz currently sheldon on BIG BANG. So tasty, so true to himself #scriptchat -8:38 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rdlln MUCH more on that in LBOS http://t.co/1PwWJdTl #scriptchat -8:38 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rdlln SCREW CHARACTER BIOS!!!!!!! Put them in story, see what they do! That's where the real learning lies #scriptchat -8:38 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers RT @Dark_Emergence: Ive been lurking more than posting, but Id like to say this is a great #scriptchat. - ditto #scriptchat -8:38 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms @wcmartell LOL! taking a nap. -- write what you know! #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:37 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb Yes! RT @rachlanger: vote for @JaneEspenson, 1 of our previous hosts & @TeamHusbands for web series award http://t.co/qeJZCSbc #scriptchat -8:37 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @wcmartell very funny #scriptchat -8:37 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
richmagahiz @TrueFactBarFact What is your favorite sitcom character and why? #scriptchat -8:37 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Dark_Emergence I've been lurking more than posting, but I'd like to say this is a great scriptchat. #scriptchat -8:37 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell My characters all just want to take a nap (proving they are all me). #scriptchat -8:36 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rdlln .@TrueFactBarFact do you go for character bios/interviews or do you prefer to flesh them out/get to know them in early drafts? #scriptchat -8:36 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @dianewms good writing = honesty + style. More on that in my other writing book, CREATIVITY RULES #scriptchat -8:36 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms #scriptchat Darth Vader in SW4-6 was a good bad guy. But Emperor Palpatine in SW 1-3, 5-6 is a superb bad guy! #scriptchat -8:36 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger Also, vote for @JaneEspenson, one of our previous hosts, and @TeamHusbands for a web series award! http://t.co/0GCcBp1P #scriptchat -8:36 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 My favorite villian is Dr. Evil #scriptchat -8:36 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers I'm reading and learning here. #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:35 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @dianewms good writing = honesty + style. More on that in my other writing book, CREATIVITY RULES #scriptchat -8:35 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact uh oh, my girl's in trouble then haha #insecureaholicdrinkerhere #scriptchat -8:35 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rdlln i'm not a fan. have the characters be who THEY want to be, not who YOU want them to be. #scriptchat -8:35 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms @Worker51176: I can see good writing is a moment where the audience sees why the antagonist wants to succeed. #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:34 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @michael_scott2 dude, email me; - it's cool, like I said, I'm getting kindle but thanks #scriptchat -8:34 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @jeannevb "just like a frat boy?" Just like the daughter of an alcoholic with self-esteem issues. #scriptchat -8:34 PM Dec 11th, 2011
   
rdlln .@TrueFactBarFact what are your thoughts on unity of opposites + archetypes when crafting characters? #scriptchat -8:34 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SharkGoddess 1st questions I ask myself, when creating an antagonist, is there a story behind how they became evil? Will I reveal any of it ? #scriptchat -8:33 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @rebelshea so true! :) #scriptchat -8:33 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Or a Penn State coach? ga-doosh. RT @jeannevb: @TrueFactBarFact were fast here... just like a frat boy ;) #scriptchat -8:33 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @michael_scott2 dude, email me; we'll work something out. ;) #scriptchat -8:33 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell *My* fav villain is Claude Raines in NOTORIOUS, a mama's boy who tries too hard to be loved, and when he's not, gets devious. #scriptchat -8:33 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 @TrueFactBarFact Thanks, will have to check that out. #scriptchat -8:33 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rebelshea And just as inebriated. RT @jeannevb: @TrueFactBarFact we're fast here... just like a frat boy ;) #scriptchat -8:33 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dianewms @TrueFactBarFact I think a good antag has a reason for what he does and why--selfish is okay but needs to be more. #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:32 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @dandollar no it is not. "Throw everything out the window and hope some of it lands." #scriptchat -8:32 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @michael_scott2 amazon offers KINDLE READER FOR PC as free download I don't really have a PC :( #scriptchat -8:32 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 RT @Jamie_LD: Get John Vorhaus book from Amazon for only $5.99 http://t.co/kjYCuLuF #scriptchat -8:32 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rachlanger his drive: he will stop at nothing to eat your face. admirable! #scriptchat -8:32 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact we're fast here... just like a frat boy ;) #scriptchat -8:32 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell Yeah: Kindle program can be downloaded for almost anything. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Worker51176 I think you've failed as a writer if there isn't at least one moment where the audience wants the antagonist to succeed. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @SarahAlexis4 see Mirplo in THE CALIFORNIA ROLL #scriptchat -8:31 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @SarahAlexis4 more exaggeration, less self-awareness. very strong comic perspectives and repeatable "bits" #scriptchat -8:31 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TheyMakeFilms Amen! : that's the difference between a cardboard cutout and a real villain. #scriptchat http://t.co/VdyySvUs -8:31 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 I try to remember in each scene every character has an agenda/want/conflict. Even 2ndary chars. Try to see it from each POV. #scriptchat -8:31 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @TrueFactBarFact is it obvious to you whether there is more work in tv or features for writing? #scriptchat -8:31 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
art1032 RT @jeannevb: For ALL the great books by @TrueFactBarFact, go to his Amazon author page http://t.co/DebqTtZw #scriptchat -8:30 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell No screenplay comps, but I'm going to fight Chuck Norris in the Octagon... #scriptchat -8:30 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD Get John Vorhaus book from Amazon for only $5.99 http://t.co/kjYCuLuF #scriptchat -8:30 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JackMarchetti Film Making Q&A site proposal: http://t.co/MdfaWrH7 Please check it out @StackExchange #scriptchat -8:30 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @jeannevb already? time flies when you're pumping adrenaline and whiskey #scriptchat -8:30 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger @TrueFactBarFact I barely have to ask, but why Lecter? (he IS epic) #scriptchat -8:30 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @michael_scott2 no need to wait. amazon offers KINDLE READER FOR PC as free download #scriptchat -8:30 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Great tip. RT @IngridElkner: each character needs a MOST quality. Most angry, most paranoid, most manipulative... #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
kingisafink Amen! RT @truefactbarfact: that's the difference between a cardboard cutout and a real villain. #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact half way through... you're ROCKIN' IT! *pours refill* #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 RT @michael_scott2 yes: the little book of SITCOM: http://t.co/EpClEisa Wow only 5.99 I feel I'm getting a Kindle in 14 days #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rachlanger oh hannibal lecter, hands down #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
MBDymension Are any of yall entering any screenplay competition's in 2012? #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rdlln i think i said that, but i probably stole it from somehwere #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Nate_G_Smith Well, "the truth is revealed under pressure." Antag's job is to put pressure on hero, bring him/her to truth #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 @truefactbarfact Any advice/tips on making 2ndary characters feel real & fleshed out even w/ smaller amount of screen time? #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 RT @michael_scott2 yes: the little book of SITCOM: http://t.co/EpClEisa WOW only 5.99! I feel i'm getting a Kindle in 14 days. #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger @TrueFactBarFact Fave villain of all time? (Film or TV) #scriptchat -8:29 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rdlln Forget where heard/read but try to keep in mind: Villain is hero of own story #scriptchat -8:28 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @wcmartell Was a joke. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb For ALL the great books by @TrueFactBarFact, go to his Amazon author page http://t.co/DebqTtZw #scriptchat -8:28 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Nate_G_Smith My favourite thing about writing for the antagonist in my scripts is to create their torment out of real human experiences! #ScriptChat -8:28 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner @TrueFactBarFact He should be. He's the top comedy teacher in Australia - @WithTimFerguson. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 RT @jeannevb: Don't forget to check out @TrueFactBarFact's site after the chat http://t.co/2uOYCpiG #scriptchat -8:28 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @kingisafink that's the difference between a cardboard cutout and a real villain. #scriptchat -8:28 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
art1032 @GCGeek Hey Mike!:) #Scriptchat Like humanity aspect of the antagonist but if I'm in rot-gut mood, fun to have antag take it out on people:) -8:27 PM Dec 11th, 2011
   
Filmbizzy RT @wcmartell: I love Jim Carrey in LIAR LIAR - who believes a lie is better than the truth and realizes he's a *bad father*... im a comedy. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
kingisafink Antag need love (and goals), too. RT @jeannevb: My fave part abt creating antagonists = finding their humanity... #scriptchat -8:27 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @wideeyedandwild not necessarily but usually. as my grandfather said, "it couldn't hoit" #scriptchat -8:27 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
kingisafink RT @jeannevb: My fave part about creating antagonists is finding their humanity... that thing ppl can relate to #scriptchat -8:27 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell Hand Gruber: Combination of character & performance - but character is *opposite* of John McC - so *connected* to McC. #scriptchat -8:27 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasmineMcAtee @Jamie_LD Don't know about app, but I used web browser for #tvwriterchat once. Refreshed quickly and everything. @minervadamama #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @IngridElkner that's exaggeration. your teacher is smart #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb Don't forget to check out @TrueFactBarFact's site after the chat http://t.co/2uOYCpiG #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar TIL if this is your first time doing a twitter chat, double-check your e-mail notification settings... #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
GCGeek Mine is bringing them to their Karmic pay-off RT @jeannevb My fave part about creating antagonists is finding their humanity... #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @wcmartell and never see the writer's hand. I want to believe that the characters r real. can't do it if i see the authr at wrk #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wideeyedandwild gah dinner's ready. brb #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 RT @zacsanford: Tons of great advice on character from @truefactbarfact going on at #scriptchat right now. Join us! http://t.co/qbo7GtB8 #screenwriting -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wideeyedandwild @TrueFactBarFact so if you have an antihero do you need to have a more likable supporting char. act as the viewer's window in? #scriptchat -8:26 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @oludascribe Who? #scriptchat -8:25 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner One thing my comedy teacher preached: each character needs a MOST quality. Most angry, most paranoid, most manipulative... #scriptchat -8:25 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford Tons of great advice on character from @truefactbarfact going on at #scriptchat right now. Join us! http://t.co/qbo7GtB8 #screenwriting -8:25 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell The key to seriously flawed protags is to make sure we *understand* them. #scriptchat -8:25 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @JasmineMcAtee She's on her !Phone. Don't know if there's an app. @Minervadamama #scriptchat -8:25 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @OfficeHooky of course. they're an asset that doesn't go bad, unlike mayo in the sun #scriptchat -8:25 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
oludascribe Why is Hans Gruber the most memorable villian from the 4 "DIE HARD" movies. Was it in the writing or performance #scriptchat #filmmaking -8:25 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @rebelshea yeah, i've heard a lot of polarizing things about that character #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 @TrueFactBarFact Yes, very true! Thanks. #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasmineMcAtee @Minervadamama Are you reading the chat through http://t.co/RnOjL1Li, or through http://t.co/q1wKqqSA? #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @rebelshea that's because they've grown up, which is always a huge mistake #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
princess_scribe RT @jeannevb: My fave part about creating antagonists is finding their humanity... that thing ppl can relate to #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Do you use them for other projects? RT @TrueFactBarFact: youll invent MANY more characters in your life than youll actually use #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb My fave part about creating antagonists is finding their humanity... that thing ppl can relate to #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @TrueFactBarFact i was just thinking the lead doesn't seem very likeable...but then again how could you not like charlize theron #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
GCGeek @art1032 Hi Andrea! #scriptchat -8:24 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @SarahAlexis4 easy to like the flawed antihero because of EMPATHY: "I am like that guy" -- flawed, too, right? #scriptchat -8:23 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rebelshea @dandollar I've read people who can't deal with YA because the protagonist is so hard to relate to. #scriptchat -8:23 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
princess_scribe RT @wcmartell: My antagonists *are* part of me... and I love it. I get to be bad! #scriptchat -8:23 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact @dandollar I really liked the script. Can't wait to see the execution on film. #scriptchat -8:23 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell My antagonists *are* part of me... and I love it. I get to be bad! #scriptchat -8:23 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
art1032 Hello #scriptchat Sorry I'm late, computer issues.......#Suckerisgoingoutthewindow -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 @TrueFactBarFact Thoughts on the flawed antihero character? It's big in TV. They're not always likeable or easy to agree with. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @rebelshea i think i do that too, but would never have been able to articulate it like that! #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @dandollar no, but i want to. big fan of the writer. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
RexPickett RT @elizabethkarr: rt @jeannevb If you're a writer in a rut, you MUST read @RexPickett's guest post on @Stage32online http://t.co/5MdEg5xJ #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
LM_Preston Ditto RT @MBDymension: it annoies me when I'm chillen, I never hear from anyone. The moment I start writing, lol. #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @MBDymension Never write at 8pm Eastern. lol #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @Minervadamama you should see all the mistakes we made when we started ;) #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @michael_scott2 yes: the little book of SITCOM: http://t.co/1PwWJdTl #scriptchat -8:22 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
MBDymension #scriptchat it annoies me when I'm chillen, I never hear from anyone. The moment I start writing, lol. #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @OfficeHooky i suppose: you'll invent MANY more characters in your life than you'll actually use #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Minervadamama Now I'm embarrassed...that'll teach the Twitter newbie to try to follow the chat without following the hash tag. #fail #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @TrueFactBarFact have you seen "young adult" yet though? #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Dark_Emergence @TrueFactBarFact I think even my antagonists are a part of me. I try not to think about it. #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rebelshea I often take one of my personality traits, magnify it greatly and build a character off of that. #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 So there's something to characters beyond chapt 4? Is there another book? #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @JasmineMcAtee if i understand what i'm saying i agree with me too #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 "@JAEL488: @TrueFactBarFact Larry David is good example of good and evil" #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
princess_scribe @TrueFactBarFact my characters are all pieces of me. Even the villians. #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
redpawn3 RT @OfficeHooky: Comic Toolbox has great exercises. Q: Is there a Rule of 9's for developing character? #scriptchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @wideeyedandwild protagonists MUST be likeable and relatable. Otherwise, no one comes along for the ride #scriptchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Comic Toolbox has great exercises. Q: Is there a Rule of 9's for developing character? #scriptchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TinaKumley RT @jeannevb: fyi, @TrueFactBarFact's COMIC TOOLBOX here: http://t.co/If9JXSgu #scriptchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasmineMcAtee @wcmartell If I'm understanding what you're saying correctly, I absolutely agree. #scriptchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @michael_scott2 then you're due for the sitcom ebook. it'll rock ya #scriptchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb fyi, @TrueFactBarFact's COMIC TOOLBOX here: http://t.co/If9JXSgu #scriptchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wideeyedandwild RT @jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact my best lessons on character development came in my own therapy sessions #justsayin ;) #scriptchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @princess_scribe ultimately all characters are slivers of ourselves. my favorite characters are mostly me #scriptchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
CarolSabikJaffe RT @TheWriteScript: True. Archie Bunker was way over the top. #scriptchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
princess_scribe @wcmartell nothing like rubbing hands and twirling 'staches to take the whole thing down #scriptchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wideeyedandwild @TrueFactBarFact do you think protagonists necessarily need to be likable (i.e. sympathetic) as well as relatable? #scriptchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 RT @TrueFactBarFact: @michael_scott2 sounds like someone has read THE COMIC TOOLBOX about FOUR times #scriptchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell I think a *human* villain (dimensional) is more frightening than a 2D pure evil person. #scriptchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD Love, loved The Comic Toolbox! RT @TrueFactBarFact: @michael_scott2 sounds like someone has read THE COMIC TOOLBOX #scriptchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Josh_Sager That makes sense. Brutal honesty is better if it goes both ways. #scriptchat -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Jamie_LD lol #scriptchat -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @mdfield that happens. we strive to hit the BIG FAT MIDDLE of our audience and let people who don't like not like #scriptchat -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @michael_scott2 sounds like someone has read THE COMIC TOOLBOX #scriptchat -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
princess_scribe @zacsanford2 Those who want the man grumbles to stop #scriptchat -8:17 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact my best lessons on character development came in my own therapy sessions #justsayin ;) #scriptchat -8:17 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @iantendo villains in comedies should be likeable. villians elsewhere can be. best example Hannibal Lecter. #scriptchat -8:17 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact Characters that go way too far, coming from a writer on MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. lol #scriptchat -8:17 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rebelshea Howdy folks #scriptchat Hi @TrueFactBarFact Sorry I'm late. -8:17 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
mdfield @TrueFactBarFact I found the Michael Scott character too much at times. Too farcical. #scriptchat -8:17 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 RT @TrueFactBarFact: Biggest mistake re: characters, I use comic perspective, exaggeration, humanit, flaws - that's not a tmplt? #scriptchat -8:17 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @SarahAlexis4 I ask what choices they make. I test them by putting them in situation: "How would this person cross the street?" #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TheWriteScript True. Archie Bunker was way over the top. #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
RobertPiluso RT @GoIntoTheStory: Joseph Campbell: "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." #screenwriting #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact @Minervadamama late to the party. :) #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers @TrueFactBarFact michael scott in THE OFFICE. Goes WAY too far trying to validate his self image #scriptchat - great example #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
iantendo #scriptchat Is it possible to make a villain mildly likeable or is that self destructive (as a writer I mean)? -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact in your own back yard. what writers do you know, lm preston? if you know none, join a meetup group #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 @TrueFactBarFact When you're developing characters what ?s do you ask yourself about them? What do you like to go in knowing? #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact Ha, great example. #scriptchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact michael scott in THE OFFICE. Goes WAY too far trying to validate his self image #scriptchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Minervadamama @jeannevb @truefactbarfact I believe that would be "what can I help you with, then?" in Spanish. #scriptchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasmineMcAtee @jeannevb (Pssst, while you're refilling drinks, send a margarita this way, please!) #scriptchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TheWriteScript Q. How do see sitcom changes since "Married..." #scriptchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
LM_Preston Where? RT @TrueFactBarFact: best way to get constructive feedback: find a writer you trust and offer to do the same for him/her. #scriptchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell Mr. Incredible longs for the adventures of his youth - and drags his whole family in to danger. #scriptchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 RT @TrueFactBarFact: Characters who go too far are well intentioned, therefore sympathetic; they just lack limits #scriptchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Mindy_Crump RT @TrueFactBarFact: Biggest mistake re: characters, writing from the outside in, constructing characters according to template instead of heart #scriptchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
LM_Preston @zacsanford2 @Jamie_LD Thanks :-D have to learn to turn my mss into a script ... #scriptchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact best way to get constructive feedback: find a writer you trust and offer to do the same for him/her. #scriptchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @TrueFactBarFact Any examples? #scriptchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @dandollar oh sorry, i thought that was the answer to a different question :) now i'm not confused #scriptchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact Characters who go too far are well intentioned, therefore sympathetic; they just lack limits #scriptchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact "the trouble with too far is you never know you're going till you've gone." #scriptchat -8:13 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact I'm sure it is! #bookthatis #scriptchat -8:13 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
BeccaBarnesCats doesn't want her tombstone to read "Becca Barnes - Waiting for funding". #proactive ! #scriptchat -8:13 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell I love Jim Carrey in LIAR LIAR - who believes a lie is better than the truth and realizes he's a *bad father*... im a comedy. #scriptchat -8:13 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @TrueFactBarFact what does "going too far" mean? #scriptchat -8:13 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Josh_Sager What's the best way to get constructive feedback on your writing? #scriptchat -8:12 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact Biggest mistake re: characters, writing from the outside in, constructing characters according to template instead of heart #scriptchat -8:12 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 @LM_Preston Welcome to the chat... hopefully you'll enjoy your time and we'll see you back here every week. #scriptchat -8:12 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact Thanks for the book mention. Truthfully, with all due false modesty, it are awesome. #scriptchat -8:12 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @TrueFactBarFact apologies for Twitter being such a fail tonight. While it loads, allow me to refill your drink *pours* #scriptchat -8:12 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky @dandollar: @TrueFactBarFact The fix was in. Mr. Gravy Underpants himself @wcmartell should win something. #scriptchat -8:12 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact favorite flaws: going too far, innocence/naievete/, obsession #scriptchat -8:11 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD @LM_Preston Welcome, welcome. We love newbies. #scriptchat -8:11 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb FYI @TrueFactBarFact's book came out this week: the little book of SITCOM http://t.co/KRfwoav7 #scriptchat -8:11 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger @TrueFactBarFact What is the biggest mistake most writers make, surrounding their characters? #scriptchat -8:11 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
LM_Preston I'm here to learn #scriptchat a newbie -8:11 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 What are your favorite FLAWS? #scriptchat -8:11 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb FYI @TrueFactBarFact's book came out this week: the little book of SITCOM http://t.co/KRfwoav7 #scriptchat -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
sdarancette @IngridElkner LOUDER LIKE THIS! DID THE BABY EAT YOUR DINGO!? BABIES CAN EAT DINGOS TOO! #scriptchat #NewAustralialand -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @TrueFactBarFact huzzah! #scriptchat -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
rachlanger Hello writer pals, welcome @TrueFactBarFact #scriptchat -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
esspyseeisme @IngridElkner Boy they sure score all the points required, don't they? #scriptchat -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact Sympathetic because we like them. Monsters because they don't always act in their own interest. #scriptchat -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
stacy_chambers Okay, ready for #scriptchat! Running about as slow as Twitter. -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TheWriteScript Hey all. #scriptchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact here's what i have to say about characters: they are SYMPATHETIC MONSTERS #scriptchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky I like to dance with pens. RT @TrueFactBarFact: Entonces, en lo que puedo sirvile? (Prize to first correct translation.) #scriptchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Jamie_LD Excited to discuss characters with @TrueFactBarFact tonight on #scriptchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell Translation: My underpants are made of gravy. #scriptchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact Dan Dollar, you are correct. Email me for your prize. #scriptchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner @sdarancette Speaka de Australiano. #scriptchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb FUn! RT @TrueFactBarFact: Entonces, en lo que puedo sirvile? (Prize to first correct translation.) #scriptchat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Nate_G_Smith Welcome to the multitalented @TrueFactBarFact to our little thing we like to call #ScriptChat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Mindy_Crump Yay it's #scriptchat time! This is going to be an interesting hour -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell I also think John is the best (we've been at April Fools Day parties)... but what does he have to say about characters, huh? #scriptchat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
LM_Preston @HouseofProwse I'm going over to #scriptchat :-D -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @TrueFactBarFact then how can i serve you? ugh, that's not right #scriptchat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb To catch you up on who the amazing John Vorhaus is, his bio is here http://t.co/v52ISrB8 #scriptchat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
OfficeHooky Looking forward to this next hour. RT @TrueFactBarFact: great to be here. #scriptchat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JasmineMcAtee Jumping into #scriptchat for the next hour. Pardon the next batch of tweets, friends. (Or join in!) -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
   
LM_Preston Me too! RT @MBDymension: I taking a break from writing, to see what's up in #scriptchat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 Sorry to all the participants that Twitter is running slow tonight. So please be patient if you throw questions out to our guest #scriptchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact Entonces, en lo que puedo sirvile? (Prize to first correct translation.) #scriptchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
sdarancette @IngridElkner All our teams are winning the Hockey Bowl with our fast pitches and glorious kicks into conversions. Read a paper #scriptchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
MBDymension I taking a break from writing, to see what's up in #scriptchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact great to be here. #scriptchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb HERE HE IS! RT @TrueFactBarFact: okay, I think im here now #scriptchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
michael_scott2 <- thinks John Vorhaus is the best! #scriptchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 @TrueFactBarFact Welcome to the chat and thanks for taking the time to do this. #scriptchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar @wcmartell ok, but no cameras #scriptchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner So... how 'bout that football/baseball team, ey? #scriptchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar RT @kim_garland: Virgins coming out early in the night! RT @jeannevb: Enter the virgin sacrifice RT @dandollar: hello, i am new! #scriptchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb John is on the phone with me..... hold on #scriptchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
TrueFactBarFact okay, I think i'm here now #scriptchat -8:05 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb We're talking characters w @TrueFactBarFact, but I'm not seeing him in the room yet. Let's start discussion until he gets here #scriptchat -8:05 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
GCGeek Good evening! Couldn't miss this one! #scriptchat -8:05 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Josh_Sager My first #scriptchat #scriptchat -8:05 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell @dan - you know there is an initiation, right? #scriptchat -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wideeyedandwild going to try and multitask with an eye on #scriptchat while I write and make dinner -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
kim_garland Virgins coming out early in the night! RT @jeannevb: Enter the virgin sacrifice RT @dandollar: hello, i am new! #scriptchat -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
IngridElkner Bring on the sacrificial guest, so we may feast on his brain! #scriptchat -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 @dandollar Welcome to the chat... Hope you'll come back often. #scriptchat -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb Enter the virgin sacrifice RT @dandollar: hello, i am new! #scriptchat -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb @wcmartell now that's chat loyalty #takeonefortheteam #scriptchat -8:03 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
dandollar hello, i am new! #scriptchat -8:03 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
JAEL488 "@zacsanford2: @jeannevb What, Twitter is having problems!?!? Never!!! #scriptchat"lol -8:03 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb I'm in a time warp #sloooooooow RT @zacsanford2: @jeannevb What, Twitter is having problems!?!? Never!!! #scriptchat -8:03 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
kim_garland Welcome! RT @jeannevb: It's #SCRIPTCHAT O'CLOCK! Welcome @TrueFactBarFact -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
zacsanford2 @jeannevb What, Twitter is having problems!?!? Never!!! #scriptchat -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
Dark_Emergence Made it. Hey, everybody. #scriptchat -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
wcmartell I am typing this from a Starbucks in Oakland CA by the docks! If I'm stabbed or shot, I may not post for a moment or two... #scriptchat -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
SarahAlexis4 Welcome, @TrueFactBarFact. Hello everybody. #scriptchat -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb fyi, Twitter is running slowly, so I"m sure John is stuck somewhere in the vortex.... get your questions ready #scriptchat -8:01 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb So excited to have John Vorhaus @TrueFactBarFact as our guest. Hope some #tvwriterchat peeps stop by too #scriptchat -8:01 PM Dec 11th, 2011
  
jeannevb It's #SCRIPTCHAT O'CLOCK! Welcome @TrueFactBarFact -8:00 PM Dec 11th, 2011

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