How do you make unlikeable characters compelling to watch… in drama?
Stu and Chas revisit a topic from a year ago: how do screenwriters make unlikeable characters compelling? This time, we turn our focus to dramas and analyse how AMERICAN HISTORY X, YOUNG ADULT, NIGHTCRAWLER all make their a**hole protagonists compelling to watch. We expand our original list of five writer’s tools to include a few more for your tool belt.
In response to our audience survey, we also introduce our first episode of backmatter.
- Draft Zero: DZ-03: Making Unlikable Protagonists Compelling
- AMERICAN HISTORY X by David McKenna
- YOUNG ADULT by Diablo Cody (Final Draft) – First 20 pages. For educational purposes only.
- NIGHTCRAWLER by Dan Gilroy
- YouTube: THE KILLER INSIDE ME – Trailer
- Every Frame a Painting: Snowpiercer – Left or Right
- Cinephilla & Beyond: Alien 3 Archive
- The Contrarians: Episode 2 – Alien 3
- Temple of the Seven Golden Camels: Staging and How It Affects Mood & Drama
- Temple of the Seven Golden Camels: (Just a Little Bit) More Flat and Deep
- Every Frame a Painting: Drive (2011) – the Quadrant System
- Every Frame a Painting: The Bad Sleep Well (1960) – the Geometry of a Scene
- Day One: A Simple and Elegant Journal for iPhone, iPad and Mac
- Shawn Blanc: Day One review
- IMDB: David Caesar
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