How to Strengthen Your Supporting Characters & Subplot in Your Script

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Jordan Barel

Webinar hosted by: Jordan Barel

Producer, Publisher at Loaded Barrel Studios

Jordan Barel began his career as a short filmmaker before creating his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world. The company was founded as a way to translate comics to films, leading Jordan to option his books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger. He’s developed at studios such as Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Currently, several of his books are optioned to film companies. Previously Jordan was an Entertainment Attorney who has worked in Business Affairs for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC. He switched from legal to creative and served as the Television Coordinator for Verve Talent & Literary Agency working with all of the company’s TV writers on their pitches and presentations for staffing season. Currently, Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

As screenwriters, it is our job to create well-rounded stories. That means not only having a main character whose journey we follow but also including supporting characters and stories. The addition of strong supporting characters and subplots allows the audience to feel as if your story actually has a life outside of the confines of your script.

This is the difference between being a professional screenwriter and someone who writes as a weekend hobby. 

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jordan Barel, who's worked in producing and development for over 15 years will teach how to bring your supporting characters to life. You will learn how to create characters that are integral to the main plot and the shape of your screenplay. He will walk you through using your support characters to subtly deliver key exposition and give insight into your protagonist. 

In addition, Jordan will show you how to use your subplots to strengthen your second act and keep the action moving along. You'll break down various film genres to show how each utilizes supporting characters and subplots so you can apply it to your projects.

You will walk away with the tools necessary to deliver a fully developed script that says "professional" and not "hobbyist"!

 


"It was absolutely excellent information." - Gerri G.

"Great speaker, lots of great info. Thanks!" - Ron H.


 

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

Q&A

 

About Your Instructor

Jordan Barel began his career as a short filmmaker before creating his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world.

The company was founded as a way to translate comics to films, leading Jordan to option his books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger. He’s developed at studios such as Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Currently, several of his books are optioned to film companies.

Previously Jordan was an Entertainment Attorney who has worked in Business Affairs for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC. He switched from legal to creative and served as the Television Coordinator for Verve Talent & Literary Agency working with all of the company’s TV writers on their pitches and presentations for staffing season.

Currently, Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department.

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Testimonials

"Great speaker, lots of great info. Thanks!" - Ron H.

"It was absolutely excellent information." - Gerri G.

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