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Can Character Development Get in the Way of Good Movies?

How do the best movies balance character development and plot stakes? We've written about how to write internal and external conflict before, and how the two things weave together, but more and more screenwriters are following the same playbook and it can easily become stale, and worse than that fail to get your script to stand out from the pack. What does it mean when people talk about "show don't tell" as one of the most important story maxims? Movies are an art form, and they're constantly evolving, today we're going to look at how the idea of character development has started to obscure something that can plenty effective on its own; stakes. If you fixate on developing characters, and not on how they develop, or why, then you could end up "telling" far more than you show. Your script will be "on the nose" as they say, rather than having tense scenes that draw the audience forward in the story. Remember the best character development is one we discover because we can't look away from a compelling plot. So how do you do that? Read More...

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Published By: NoFilmSchool - 7 days ago

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