Film-TV 1: Characters

This week’s tute was conducted by Christine and on the agenda was character development and story ideas. We were given approximately ten minutes to come up with a character bio before we went around the class sharing and discussing our characters. But before we began, there were a couple of things Christine stressed on:

1. Strictly NO ORDINARY CHARACTERS allowed

2. Assure the believability of your characters

Seems easy enough. At least that was what I thought. It wasn’t easy creating an extraordinary and original character. Every character idea I had written down seems to be on par with the ones I’ve seen in blockbuster movies. That was my main struggle with the exercise. All in all, I really enjoy the class exercise and so I’ve decided to write up another character bio as part of my reflection this week.

My Character Bio

Name: Sandra Marx

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Nationality: American

Religion: Christian

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Temperament: Introverted, feeling, sensing, perceiving, deceitful, manipulative, spiteful, cautious, reserved

Hobbies & Interests: Playing the piano, painting

Background: Born and in Oklahoma and was abandoned by her parents at a young age. She then went on to living with her wealthy grandparents in California

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California

Family type: Only child family

Family of origin: Pure Americans; only child

Education: Home schooled, Santa Monica College, UCLA

Friendships: Various acquaintances; no close friends

Pets: Dog

Beliefs: People know what is right but they go on and do what is wrong anyway

Early traumas: Abandoned by parents

Relationships: None

Financial situation: Well-off

Goal in life: Desires to find out the truth her abandonment, seeks love and closure, motivated to succeed in life in hopes that her parents would regret their decision of giving her up.

Physical characteristics: Attractive, brunette, brown eyes, long and sexy legs, feminine, elegant and classy style of dressing, eight-figured body and is obsessed with knifes.

Occupation: Inherited her grandparent’s wealth after they passed on and has been hosting galas and giving back to charity – esp. orphans, participates in various clubs and societies, president of the student council.

How they differ from everybody: Vulnerable when it comes to the topic of abandonment, utilize this vulnerability as a drive to achieve anything and everything she sets out to do, focused on her goals, good at concealing (if not dealing) with her emotions, instead of accepting/letting go of her past she feeds off it. This attitude is important to the narrative of the story especially when she finds out the truth behind the disappearance of her parents.

A strong, single moment in their background defining their character and/or actions: Sandra belongs to a family of three. Being the only child, her parents loved her very much. One morning, her parents suddenly left her with nothing but a letter saying they love her very much but they had to leave her behind. Sandra was abandoned by her parents and was left to live the remainder of her live under the care of her grandparents. All this happened when Sandra was only 5 years old.

Evidence of their strong desire: The abrupt and unexplained disappearance of her parents and the vague letter they left behind.

Basis in their character for conflict or opposition: Rage and the longing for the truth serves as the basis in Sandra’s character for conflict/opposition

That’s all for this week!


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