How to Strengthen Your Supporting Characters & Subplot in Your Script

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Jordan Barel

Webinar hosted by: Jordan Barel

Producer, Publisher, Entertainment Attorney at Loaded Barrel Studios

Jordan Barel is a seasoned filmmaker, television coordinator, an award winning publisher, and business owner who founded Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels and obtaining international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. He has optioned his incredible books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen who has done work for MARVEL Entertainment and DC, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger who has contributed to projects like TURBO and CRIMINAL MINDS. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Writing the hero or main characters of your story is always fun. You typically have an immediate sense of who your character is, what they like, where they live, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they relate to the world around them. What may not be as easy and might be considerably more difficult is writing your supporting characters - particularly when it is a large ensemble of characters that you need to introduce. It is just as important to develop your supporting characters as it is your main ones. Your supporting characters add tremendous value to the arch of your main character’s journey and therefore require a sincere investment to their development.

A supporting character can be a sidekick, sibling, or best friend of the main character. Whoever they are, they have an important role to play in your story. The last thing you want is to leave the potential of the supporting character sitting on the back burner. It’s time to bring them up front and really brainstorm what they can bring to the table of your script. A supporting character can greatly enhance your subplot and move the general plot forward if you truly understand how to utilize them. We have the tools to help you master this exactly.

Jordan Barel is a seasoned filmmaker, television coordinator, an award winning publisher, and business owner who founded Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels and obtaining international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. He has optioned his incredible books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen who has done work for MARVEL Entertainment and DC, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger who has contributed to projects like TURBO and CRIMINAL MINDS.

Jordan will demonstrate the effective approach on how to utilize your supporting characters to enrich your storytelling. Jordan will discuss how your supporting characters can be utilized to bring depth to your story and connect it to the Hero’s Journey of the main character in your script. He will also touch on using supporting characters as a unique element to deliver key exposition and tools on ways your supporting characters can deliver a subplot. Jordan will break down case studies of various film types and how they use supporting characters & sub plots in story. By the end of this webinar, you will feel well-equipped with ideas on how to strategically use your supporting characters to magnify your story to its fullest potential.

Jordan is thrilled to deliver this exciting material to members of the Stage 32 community.

 

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What You'll Learn

Creating Depth

  • How to create a supporting character that engages the main character and audience
  • Putting a twist on archetypes
    • Shapeshifter
    • Femme Fatale
    • Mentor
    • Various other archetypes

Your Hero’s Journey

  • When do we meet our protagonist?
  • When do we meet our supporting characters?

Supporting Characters and Exposition

  • How to use your supporting character to deliver key exposition
  • Tools on subtle ways to deliver exposition
  • Tools on creating entertaining exposition
  • How to reveal the flaws in your protagonist

You’ve Created Your Supporting Characters, Now What Do You Do With Them?

  • Tools on ways your supporting characters can deliver a subplot
  • Relate to the main plot, themes
  • Interacting with your antagonist

Going into your 2nd Act

  • How your subplot propels you into act 2.
  • Keys to helping your 2nd act move.

Closing Out

  • Tools to find writing solutions on how your supporting character helps the protagonist figure out a way to solve his or her problem
  • How to make an exit

Screen Time

  • How many pages for your characters and why?

Film Study

We will break down case studies of various film types and how they use supporting characters & sub plot in:

  • Action Movies
  • Dramas
  • Comedies
  • Oscars
  • More examples
  • Recorded Q&A with Jordan

 

About Your Instructor

Jordan Barel is a seasoned filmmaker, television coordinator, an award winning publisher, and business owner who founded Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels and obtaining international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. He has optioned his incredible books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen who has done work for MARVEL Entertainment and DC, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger who has contributed to projects like TURBO and CRIMINAL MINDS.

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