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Screenwriting : How to write a character that is imitating another character's appearance? by Arran McDermott

Arran McDermott

How to write a character that is imitating another character's appearance?

I'm writing a spec TV script that includes a character that can imitate the other characters' appearances at will. When the impostor has dialogue do I use his real name or the name of the character he currently looks like? The storyline makes it clear that he's not the real person, but I want it to be clear to the reader that this is one character imitating different people, not three or four different characters. Hopefully that makes sense. I've never had a script with this issue before.

Pierre Langenegger

“When the imposter has dialogue, do I use his real name or the name of the character he currently looks like”? Neither, as either of these would be confusing. Let’s pretend the imposter character is called Sam but in this scene they are impersonating Geraldine. Their dialogue should be written as: SAM (AS GERALDINE) I’m going to draw a bath. Would you like to join me?

Jean-Pierre Chapoteau

I agree with Pierre. And I think you would only have to put the name of who he's impersonating once until he switches back or changes into another.

Arran McDermott

Putting the other name in parenthesis makes total sense. Thanks guys!

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