Simple Way To Analyze Script And Create Your Character

 

 The Script


Objective

What it intends to communicate to the audience? 
It could be a message, a fact or anything
How it achieves it? A summery of narration or a sequence
Break down the script into units or your scenes into units
What are each unit's objective and how are they achieved?

The Character


Once you have done the above analysis you will be clear of the entire plot and where and how your character fits into the big picture of the film

A Character Analysis


Character's objective

  • For example, what the character wants to achieve?
  • Actions required to achieve the objective  However, keep in mind the writer's intentions. Don't change them
  • Period: day, night, time, weather, place and sound 
  • Setting: To engage yourself physically and mentally (whether you have to run, climb. dance, kill, drive etc)
  • Rewrite your lines highlighting length, rhythm, punctuation  are themselves interrupted or have a free flow and whether the lines project calmness or excitement?
  • What is blocking (means how you have to walk, where you have to stop while delivering your lines)

Remember, each character in a script/film has a story of his/her life

QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED

  • Physical attributes: tall. short, fat, slim, bent, young, old, any disability, face,
  • Nature
  • Occupation
  • Family
  • Childhood
  • Fears and worries
  • Dreams and ambitions

1. LOOK THE WORLD AROUND YOU AND SEEK EXAMPLES TO PORTRAY YOUR CHARACTER IN THE SCRIPT OR PICK UP FEW THINGS FROM OTHERS
2. ADJUST PHYSICAL LEVELS:The energy levels required, posture, quality, and tempo, quality and volume of your voice. Take the examples of great actors playing different roles
3. CHARACTER FUNCTION:
Whether he/she is a Protagonist,  Antagonist, Best Friend, Love Interest, Confidante, Partner, Catalyst, Mentor, A comic relief etc etc
4. EMOTIONS
Required to communicate effectively with the audience with the ability to move an audience


In doubt, ask the director. Do not hesitate





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