First Time A Writer Sees Their Characters Come To Life — Mark W. Travis
Film Courage: We just finished the Meet-Your-Character-Interrogation-Process with the hypothetical character I came up with. I’m wondering when you do this with other writers, what is the most common reaction afterwards that they have toward meeting their character?
Mark W. Travis, Director/Author/Writer/Instructor: If it’s meeting the character like we did with you where the character comes from within you as opposed to meeting the characters when they come out of actors, but I am going back to what we did with you. The reaction is usually surprised by what they learned that they didn’t know. They are surprised by what the character says or what the character does or what the character believes in or doesn’t believe in.
A lot of that I have no idea what is going to come up because I don’t know the characters that well (as well as the writer does) and I don’t know how they perceive the character. Many times the writer will perceive the character in a very precious way…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).