AFF at Home: Character

Barbara Morgan • June 30, 2021

Welcome to week two of AFF at Home! For those of you just joining us – AFF at Home is Austin Film Festival’s way of promoting a sense of community, engagement, and creativity even in a time of distance and restrictions. Each week we’ll guide you through content and stories in the hopes to inspire and motivate you to take your next creative step.

Last week’s theme was Spark Your Story –content curated for connecting that spark of idea to script or story. We found this content to a great square one.

This week we’re focusing on Character. Great scripts need well-developed characters that captivate an audience. This is pivotal to your script’s success.

Just like last week, we have five actions to help strengthen the characters in your work. We encourage you to go at your own pace and keep us updated on Twitter with #AFFatHome.

Let’s Get Going! -Colin Hyer, Creative Director

Carly Wray, Ben Cory Jones, Erika L. Johnson, and James V. Hart at Austin Film Festival in 2019.

Characters are the emotional anchor for all great stories. No matter how intricate your plot, well-developed characters are integral for engaging your audience and encouraging them to invest in your story’s journey. This podcast features Carly Wray (Westworld), Ben Cory Jones (Boomerang), James V. Hart (Hook), and Erika L. Johnson (Queen Sugar) discuss writing effective characters and why character building is so vital to the success of a screenplay.