One of the most crucial elements of a screenplay is characterization. Screenwriting workshops focus on how to write good, compelling characters with proper arcs because characters can carry or crash your script. When writing characters, you need to think about their goals and their needs and how those two contribute to the character’s development.
Character development is a major target for script readers who provide screenwriting feedback so it must be refined.
What Does Your Character Really Need?
Will the protagonist getting what he initially sets out to achieve be the end of your story? Will—in a movie like The Town—getting away with the stolen money truly satisfy the protagonist? Or does he come to realize that a duffle bag full of money isn’t really what he needs at all…and that what he needs is the love and acceptance of the girl?
Once your protagonist’s “want