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A Name Is Power To A Character

“A Name Is Power To A Character”

For me as a writer, it’s imperative that my characters have names that represent their energy, personality, faults and dreams, especially the main characters.

Some of you may remember a blog post last year when I FIRED a main character from my Romantic/Comedy screenplay because her name (and all that she represented) wasn’t a good fit for the role. It just wasn’t working, and I had to let her go.

(But not to worry – that character will turn up in another one of my stories, to be sure.)

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Selznick & Leigh (Courtesy Photo)

Enter “Brandy.”

Brandy embodied exactly the traits I was looking for in that main female character. Once I cast Brandy – well, her name, that is – in that coveted role, everything worked! All I had to do was transcribe her actions, interactions, reactions and dialogue.

I think I have an idea now of how David O. Selznick felt when he was introduced to Vivian Leigh on the set of the Burning of Atlanta scene in the filming of “Gone With The Wind.” His year-long search to find the perfect “Scarlett O’Hara” was a bust, and he’d filmed just about every scene he could around her. However, the instant he met Ms. Leigh, he instantly knew he’d found “Scarlett.”

Yes, Brandy made it work. She gelled perfectly with the other characters – brought out their worst, and brought out their best, all the while growing up herself during the process.

Good job, Brandy, and thank you!

Let’s hope the screenplay contest judges feel the same way.

Write on,

AmyO.

Scene Flip Flop!

It’s amazing how a simple change in the order of scenes can make or break a storyline.

For the past three weeks, I’ve been poking and prodding at Act 1 (Sequence 1-3 for Writers Boot Camp alums), but something just wasn’t right. Something was off; it wasn’t working.

PMUStoryboard_FirstHalf_ForPostingRevisions can only go so far when a scene sequence isn’t working. As writers, we all want a nice easy transition from one scene (or chapter) to the next.

Luckily, I have my story board cards, and on a whim, I asked myself those awesome words, “What if.”

What if I flip flop the first and second scenes?

So, I shuffled the cards around, and PRESTO! It was as if a spectacular Roman candle exploded! I could hear the applause from my characters (and maybe one or two silently muttering, “Finally, sheesh!”).

In any case, having a story board of color-coded index cards allows me the flexibility to have a visual road map of my story.

Flip flopping those two major scenes, and adding a couple of minor scenes a little further on, has been like a breath of fresh air for inspiration and motivation.

My goal is to have this full-length feature film script completed by Oct. 1st. I believe this Scene Flip Flop has me back on track. #WriteOn

Make it happen!

Amy O.

Today, I fired a Main Character…

From my Twitter account:

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For the past five days, I’ve *really* struggled with my Romantic/Comedy script.

The problem: The lead female character, Layne. While all the other characters are energized and ready for action, conflict, and humor, Layne drops the ball in every scene. There’s no chemistry between Layne and her romantic suitors.  She’s bland. She’s wimpy. She’s B-O-R-I-N-G!

So this morning, Layne got her pink slip. (Don’t feel sorry for her. Layne wasn’t right for this story, but perhaps there will be another opportunity for her in a future script.)

As it turns out, I have a character chomping at the bit to take over this lead female role. She auditioned for the part early on, and luckily was still on stand-by.

This new character is feisty, rebellious, outspoken, angry… a real firecracker!

It’s going to be really fun to write her in with the rest of the cast.

Make it happen!

Amy O.

 

 

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