In my opinion, there are a LOT of things that Disney does well when it comes to storytelling, and few could argue that one of those things isn’t character development. It’s the reason kids and adults like me can’t seem to get enough of Olaf, Princess Tiana, Lilo & Stitch, Moana, and more. So, we could think of no one better to teach us a few Disney tricks of the trade than Ricky Roxburgh, writer for Walt Disney Animation Studios TV shows including “Tangled the Series,” “Big Hero 6 The Series,” “Monsters at Work,” “Mickey Shorts” and more! He’s an expert in character development for screenplays.
“Characters always have to serve a need in the story. Everything stems from your main character. That’s your point of view. That’s the drive of the story.”
But we wanted to know, how do you write a character that’s interesting enough to lead the cast?
It’s kind of like you’re interviewing your character, making up the answers as you go along. I love this list of questions to ask about your story’s characters, by TheWritePractice.com. There’s something so fun about discovering the type of person your character is via questions like these.
The rest is repetition.
As Mary Poppins would say, in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun! I can’t wait to read who you dream up,