FRIDAY'S SCRIPT TIP:
CHARACTER FLAW IS STORY
Story IS character. Once you
find your character's big emotional problem - the thing he fears,
his problem in life, his big flaw, the thing that prevents him
from achieving his goal - you build the story that forces him to
confront that problem. An external conflict that places him right
in the middle of his emotional problem.
For the first few seasons of the TV show CSI, Gary Douardan played the character of Garrick Brown who was a compulsive
gambler - he can't set foot into a casino without feeling the
urge. He's a crime scene investigator... in the city of Las
Vegas... and frequently gets assigned to murder cases that take
him into the casinos. One of the episodes n the first season had him
investigating the murder of a gambling addict at a casino - the
victim very much like him. He was kind of investigating his own
murder (if he falls off the wagon and starts gambling again). The
episode ended with him walking through the casino to leave
(depressed by the case) and feeling the urge so strongly he's
almost brought to his knees. He's GOING to go on a gambling
binge, you just know it!
CSI could keep the gambling character of Warrick away from cases in
casinos, but where's the fun in that? Where's the STORY in that?
They could have him under complete control in casinos, but
where's the fun in that? You need that conflict to create a
story. Put a guy who doesn't care about gambling in a casino and
you have no conflict, no excitement, and no emotions. That means
your protagonist can't be perfect. Perfect people are boring.
Look at your protagonist's character flaw (emotional problem)
- does your story make him bumping into their flaw? Usually a
character is in denial about their flaw. In FACE/OFF Sean Archer
thinks that focusing his entire life on revenging his son's
murder proves that he's a good father and husband. Everything
Archer does is for his family, right? Well, from HIS point of
view that may be true, but from his FAMILY'S point of view it's
completely wrong. Archer is neglecting his family (but he doesn't
think he is). He thinks he's a great father/husband - WRONG! He's
terrible! He think that the MORE time he puts in on his quest to
kill Castor Troy, the better husband/father he becomes. So
totally wrong - but he can't see that. He doesn't WANT to see
that. He AVOIDS seeing that.
The more he avoids it, the deeper Castor Troy (with Archer's
face) inserts himself into Archer's family. He keeps trying to
capture Troy to solve the problem, but if he just took a minute
to realize the mistake he's making, he'd realize the easiest way
to get Castor Troy OUT of his family's life is to get himself
INTO his family's life. Instead of chasing Troy he should be
making amends with his family. That's the REAL solution to the
problem. And once he does that, once his wife and daughter are on
his side, Troy can no longer "hide" in the Archer house using
Archer's identity. With no place to hide, Archer can finally
The family stuff isn't a subplot in FACE/OFF, it's the main
plot! You can't remove the family aspects because Archer is
chasing Troy because Troy killed Archer's son! Remove the son's
murder and you have no story! The family stuff and the action
stuff are all part of the same story - the son's murder creates
both an ACTION plot (revenge) and an EMOTIONAL plot (the family
HORROR MOVIE FLAWS?
The great Korean disaster-zombie flick TRAIN TO BUSAN is about a self-centered businessman Seok-woo (Yoo Gong) going through a contentious divorce and child custody battle over his daughter Soo-an (Soo-an Kim). He ruthlessly puts his interests before anyone else's - and in the opening scene makes a business decision that will probably destroy a lot of people's lives (little does he know how many) but make him and his clients a lot of money. When he comes home to his daughter; he has not only missed her music recital at school, he has bought her a birthday gift... that he bought her last time he had to give her a gift. He has no idea what his daughter wants or needs. She has become a pawn in his fight with her mother. His daughter wants to celebrate her birthday with her mother, who lives in Busan (a long train ride away)... and dad just doesn't have time for that. Soo-an says she'll ride the train alone. Reluctantly the businessman decides to accompany his daughter on the train to Busan... working by phone the whole time and mostly ignoring her.
On the train, Soo-an goes to restroom without his noticing... and then our plot kicks in: a zombie plague has broken out, and both an infected woman and a survivor of a zombie attack have sneaked onto the train moments before it left the station. Now we have "zombies on a train" - but the story is handled more like a disaster movie with each of the main characters (including our businessman Seok-woo) forced to deal with their fears and flaws while trying to get from one end of the train - through several cars filled with infected zombie passengers - to the other end of the train and safety. It's really more like THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE than a typical zombie flick - with our core group of characters forced to do things way outside their comfort zones to survive... and each character dealing with their emotional issues along the way. That's the key to why this film works - the emotional issues of the characters. Though there are all kinds of scary and violent zombie attacks, it remains grounded by the characters.
Our businessman father Seok-woo starts out in self preservation mode - actually closing the door on a blue collar guy (played with gusto by Dong-seok ma from THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD) and his very pregnant wife so that they are trapped in a train car with a horde of flesh eating zombies... and scolding his daughter for being kind to a pair of old women when she should be thinking only of herself in a situation like this. Many of the characters are dealing with the selfishness side of self preservation in the middle of a zombie attack - the horror plot seems designed to put these characters in situations where they must decide if they will save their own skin (literally) or take a chance on failure and help to save a stranger. Our supporting cast has been introduced along with their flaws and emotional issues in succinct scenes on the train. The blue collar guy forces Soo-an to use another restroom further down the train so that his pregnant wife can take her time in the closer one... he's mean to a little girl! He also hates businessman Seok-woo on sight - prejudiced against wealthy people. The two older women - one is a nosey busybody constantly telling the other how she should live her life. There is a high school baseball team on the train, heading to a game, and a cheerleader. Everyone on the team is a muscular jock who wants to make out with the cheerleader, except one guy - a smaller and sensitive guy who is secretly in love with the cheerleader but stuck in the "friend zone". She can trust him, so she sits next to him. That baseball player and the cheerleader he secretly loves will become major supporting characters. There's a male and female steward on the train who figure into the story, and a very important character - the reflection character for our businessman lead - a *very* selfish businessman Yon-suk played by Eui-sung Kim. Yon-suk would sacrifice everyone else on the train if he could survive - and often throws people into the horde of zombies so that he can get away. He is all of our businessman father's flaws magnified...
Each of these supporting characters deal wit their flaws and emotional issues in this life-or-death (or undead) situation, designed to bring out their characters.
Our businessman father character Seok-woo slowly comes to realize that he and his daughter can not survive without the help of others, and that those other people also deserve to survive. He forms a team with the other supporting characters and as the story progresses ends up doing dangerous things that put him in danger in order to rescue them. We see him progress step-by-step, until we come to the end where he is willing to perform an act that may end his life to save the other survivors. It's a big emotional moment in his journey from self-centered a-hole to human being. Without that flaw - and the flaws and issues of the other characters - this would just be a standard zombie flick. Instead it's a multiple award winning film which played at Cannes... to critical praise.
And now there's a sequel.
CHICKEN OR EGG FLAWS?
Look at the incident that sparks your action plot - what are
the emotional side effects and how will they come into play? It's
kind of a chicken and egg situation: you can either take a
character and set him down in a story that forces him to deal
with his flaw, or take a story and find the emotional side
effects (flaw) it creates in the character... that he'll have to
resolve in order to solve the story problem. Either way -
somewhere in your script is the answer. You may have to rethink
some parts, you may have to really dig deeper into your story to
find the place where everything connects - then explore that in
your scenes... but that's normally what happens in rewrites
Your protagonist's character flaw is the story. He physical
problem (plot) should be created to force him to deal with this
emotional problem. He won't be able to resolve the physical
problem (plot) without resolving his emotional problem... Just
like Luke Skywalker can't blow up the Death Star until he
believes in the force and starts trusting his intuition.
What's your protagonist's problem?
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Take classes on MP3!