The Antagonist's Journey
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
A hero can’t rise without an equally strong, complex antagonist to rise against. Depending on your story and genre, your antagonist should be just as compelling as your hero. And to craft a strong antagonist, you have to understand the pathology of why they are evil and why antagonists never see themselves as the bad guy.
We will go through the key traits of compelling and complex antagonists you want to explore when crafting your bad guys including their moral code, backstories, motivations, etc., and tangible exercises to make sure your characters stand out.
Evil is much more than an attitude, however. It’s a pathology. Using examples from Hollywood’s greatest antagonist roles including Misery, Silence of the Lambs and Nightmare on Elm Street, we will go over; the common pathologies and psychology of villains; examine popular villain archetypes and how to elevate them; the difference between antagonists and anti-heroes; and we will go through the Antagonist’s Journey structural beat sheet to help develop your stories and look at your script from a wickedly new point of view.
As an executive and script consultant who has worked on countless genre films and as a judge for the semifinals of the Horror/Thriller category of PAGE Awards for four years, I know what readers, producers and actors are looking for in a powerful antagonist.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- The key traits of compelling, complex, three-dimensional Antagonists
- How to look at your story from your Antagonist’s POV and how to track their journey
- How following the Antagonist’s Journey Beat Sheet can improve your plotting
- The most common pathologies and psychological issues of great Antagonists
- Great archetypes of villains and how to elevate and re-invent them
- What to do when your antagonist isn’t a human or tangible creature
- How to distinguish between anti-heroes and antagonists
- Numerous exercises that will help you develop your characters (good and bad)
- What made some of Hollywood’s greatest villains so great
WHO SHOULD LISTEN?
- Writers in all mediums who are looking to create stronger Antagonist characters
- Writers who want to look at their scripts and structure from a new perspective
- Writers looking for a deeper understanding of the pathology and mental illnesses of strong Antagonists.
- Writers looking for new exercises to help deepen and improve their characters
- Writers, Producers, Directors, or executives specializing in genre films
- Writers who need help making their characters more three-dimensional and compelling
Danny Manus is an in-demand script consultant and founder of No BullScript Consulting, and was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants in 2010. He is the author of No B.S. for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective. Danny shares notes, tips, lessons, anecdotes and information that will hopefully improve your writing, enlighten you about parts of the business that aren’t talked about, lessen the number of notes you get in YOUR margins, and help you further understand what breaking into this business and staying here really entails. Twitter: @DannyManusThe Writers Store does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final.