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What’s your Character?

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”

H. Jackson Brown

That’s how i think when I write about my characters. Ever since I read this quote, its stuck with me. And it has been my inspiration for writing my characters. And it somehow works for me.

When i write, i tend to think visually. It helps me see the real colours of the character. His aspirations, his feelings and what does he portrays, the reason for that evil smirk and so on. And all this is seen through the invisible camera placed right in front of the character. As my character is not aware that he’s being watched by someone, the character automatically plays to its true beauty. Evil or Good, the real character has to come out. Just don’t let the character find out your watching him and disturb his equilibrium. A little twist and change of angles to give a character more meaning is understood. But I let it play naturally. And as I peep in through the invisible camera, the colours I see are more finer than through the prism.

The Many Aamir Khan’s

(The many characters Aamir Khan played in Coke commercials in India.)

Lets take my character ‘Raj‘. The protagonist. He’s a naive, young writer who writes about things he believes in. He’s not concerned what others might think of him, but follows his heart. Full of youthful energy, an honest hardworker, Raj is a guy who people will always pity on as he always has something to say about everything. He’s a ‘Dreamer’. Knowing what the Indian film industry is going through, he has the key to the change. But he knows that to reach his goal, he might have to compromise a lot of things. That including his very dream.

But he’s not the one who would take any shit lying down. He will work someway or the other and if it’s not fulfilling his dream, he will atleast come as close as possible. And thats what exactly he does. When he’s alone at the table, the script no more with him, he sits back and relaxes, and with a confidence smiles narrates the very ending of the story. Maybe this is not the ending he had in his mind but he had to choose that to stop the evil (bad work) reign.

Characters is the key that drives the story. Not vice-versa. They are the once who undergo a state of change. And thats how the story progresses. Not everything about the character has to be spelled out. It should have certain traits which should be left to the imagination of the reader/viewer.

Like our favourite school headmaster. Albus Dumbledore. Alas! He’s gay. And so it shall be.

So what’s your character?


October 22, 2007 at 10:20 am 3 comments

Writing your film

When sitting down to write my film, i had quite a few options to choose from. First, the classical method. Writing and formatting it manually on MS Word, which is a lot of pain. Second, get a copy of Final Draft and immediately get down to business. Which is what a majority of people do. And Third, discover Celtx.CeltxI happen to come across Celtx at a blog i read regularly (Thanks Sam Longoria, your posts are really inspiring. But long time, no see). And the software instantly clicked for me. It was more or less similar to Final Draft which i had used, but now the updated version is not just a movie writing software, but alot more than that. I say, a very important tool for all the media writers.

It has templates for all the amateur writers to help them begin. Then, have all the features of Final Draft. Save your projects, on your hard disk as well as online, export a pdf version of your work, index your complete script and also help in channelizing all your production work and other things that go in Pre-Production of a film; i.e., what’s gonna be the make-up and who’s doing it, the art setup and list of all the props, generating a call sheet and also about location survey. And if you still feel anything is missing, you can add it yourself.

The feature that stands out is its online support. You can add any number of users to work on the project. Like, if your Art Director working on the same project needs to keep updating it again and again, all you have to do is allow him the access. And he’s in. So similarly, a lot of other people can work on it just by installing the software and updating it to their server whenever they want. So everybody can see what going on with the project and thus, stay updated. And so, Project Central was born.

Project Central is where you have all the project uploaded on their server and created on Celtx. In short, a meeting point for all the users. But you have an option of going public with your project. Or else, you can keep it private too (I’m gonna go public soon). So you have your space where you can show all the projects that are under you. Basically, get a page for yourself and let many people see and comment on it (My most favourite part 😉 Check out mine). They also have a blog where they feature Project of the Week (POW) and also talk about film festivals.

All of this is a lot of stuff. Well, now comes a suprise. You get all of this FREE. So you get to not just write a film professionally but also manage it. Which is a difficult task.

So, now go work like a pro and reap all the benefits that Celtx provides you. Coz im all over Celtx.

P.S. – More about Celtx below.

So this is cinema?

There’s no such thing as good writing


October 16, 2007 at 11:38 am 4 comments

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