Nadel Paris

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Aug 22

In your screenwriting efforts, be sure to make use of Archetypes. They are not to be confused with Stereotypes, which are one-dimensional characters we’ve seen in too many movies.

 

Archetypes represent elements of our personalities on a primordial level — the mother, father, teacher, artist, king, etc. They’ve appeared in countless stories for thousands of years. They reach us on a subconscious level, which is perhaps why they have endured and still have the power to touch our emotions.

 

The archetype can be the skeleton upon which you build a compelling three-dimensional character that audiences will love. Some of the common archetypes in movies and literature are: the mentor, the villain, the shape-changer, the fool, the wise old man or woman and the hero, to name a few.

 

Make sure you avoid the temptation to turn an archetype into a stereotype by giving them only one, very obvious, personality trait. For example, the mentor is often portrayed as a wiser, older person, such as Gandalf, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

 

But a mentor can also be an older sibling who teaches a brother or sister how to tie their shoes, a boss on the job, a superior officer in the military or police force, a young boy on a tropical island who teaches the newcomer where to find the best fruit trees in the jungle or the customs of his people, and so on.

 

You can make your archetypal character richer by mixing personality traits that can seem contrary to their main role in your story or the society they live in. Shakespeare often used a Fool character for social or historical commentary, making them wiser, on that level, than the characters who believe themselves smarter than the Fool.

 

The Wise Old Man or Woman archetype could have a great sense of humor and tell bawdy jokes. Perhaps he or she could be a practical joker, dispensing sage advice with some exploding cigars.

 

For even greater depth and increased options in story telling, you might mix and match archetypes. One of the archetypes described by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces is the Herald, who brings news or information that the Hero needs at just the right moment. The Herald might also offer portents of things to come. What if you mixed the Herald with a joke-telling Fool? How might that affect your story? Would it make the Hero discount the information? Or still act on it, but with wariness?

The choices you make are up to you. Use Archetypes wisely and they will enrich your screenwriting.

 

Nadel Paris is a published author, recording artist, musician, music producer, and songwriter. Nadel has written numerous screenplays, but her first love is novel writing. Her expertise in young adult drama has allowed her to write captivating coming-of-age stories in both English and French. She is truly amazing at what she does. She is imaginative and keen observer which makes her a good writer.

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Aug 04

Screenwriting film projects can be a great career choice for many people. It used to be that only the best of the best were ‘discovered’ or able to work their way up in the very secretive and private world of Hollywood, but thanks to the resources available today, anyone can become a screenwriter with just a little education and research. The best part about screenwriting, film, and movie making is that you can create your own stories, work out of the comfort of your own home, and even turn your own life into a movie or TV show (if it’s interesting enough).

 

Writing about your life is a great way to create successful screenwriting film projects. After all, since you’re going to be more successful writing about something that you know, it makes sense to write about your own experiences. You know your life better than any other subject out there, and it could definitely make for a good movie or TV show if you know how to add some plot twists and a little fiction to the party.

 

Screenwriting film and TV shows is not going to be something that anyone can do. You have to be committed to doing what it takes and learning as much as you can through creative writing guides and other screenwriting books. It then becomes much easier for you to succeed.

 

Screenwriting film projects, and being involved in the entertainment industry is very high-profile and is an exciting career choice. Today, it is available to many more people than ever before because of the sheer volume of information and books available on the subject. However, anyone considering this career only needs to keep a couple of things in mind: write about what you know, and when all else fails, use your own life experiences to create a successful screenwriting film project.

 

Screenwriting film and TV shows is never an easy task, but when you choose to write about something that you know and can relate to, it will be much easier. You might not think that your life is very interesting, but you would be surprised to see just how many people enjoy the stories that you have to relate. Becoming a screenwriter is going to give you the chance to have your voice heard and get people to notice you, and it could lead to a very lucrative and successful career when done properly.

 

Ms. Nadel Paris is a screenwriter, published author, recording artist, musician, music producer, songwriter and a dancer. She is passionate for music and hase immersed herself in American pop music at an early age. She often works alongside her producing and DJ partner Dario M. Nadel and her staff have been the driving factor towards personal growth for children for years.
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