The writers of “The Lego Movie” (and others, including the upcoming “Han Solo”) gave a talk for BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture master class, which is online in its entirety.
I’m posting this partly to bookmark it so I can watch that video when I have time and focus, but meanwhile, here is a nice list-length summary of some things to think about the next time you are writing a script or story long enough to need sharply defined characters.*
Highlights for me: Make the story your own; it’s always about relationships; get and use feedback; and after using a positive creative experience phase you should use a critical phase to vet what you have created to make sure everything has a reason to stay in the script.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 10 Tips For Screenwriters: Learn Their Tricks of the Trade
(Link via Indiewire. )
* And you should always have sharply defined characters, even if the definition is that they are dull. So it’s a trick that I said it any other way.