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Characterization

Pennfield HS Acting Class
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Kyle Karum

on 16 May 2016

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Transcript of Characterization

A glimpse at a changed personality
Characterization
Defining Characterization
How to develop YOUR character
char·ac·ter·i·za·tion
[kar-ik-ter-uh-zey-shuhn]

noun
1.portrayal; description: the actor's characterization of a politician.

2. the act of characterizing.

3. the creation and convincing representation of fictitious characters.


Synonyms
1. representation, depiction, delineation.
Types of Characters
in five easy steps
Protagonist
Antagonist
Static Character
Dynamic Character
Round Character
Flat/Stock Character
Defined-

Noun:
The leading character or a major character in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.
The main figure or one of the most prominent figures in a real situation.

Synonyms:
hero
Examples...
- Harry Potter
- Bruce Wayne (Batman)
- Luke Skywalker
- Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)
- Katniss Everdeen
- James Bond
- Many More...
Physical Characteristics
- Could be anything
- Typically: Simple, Humanistic, Relatable
Personality Traits
- Brave
- Daring
- Ambitious
- Just
- Humble
- Often Flawed
Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Defined-
noun
1.
a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary.
2.
the adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work: Iago is the antagonist of Othello.
Examples...
- Voldemort
- The Joker
- Empire Palpatine
- The Wicked Witch
- Many More...
Physical Characteristics
- Unlimited Possibilities
- Often Deformed
- Unusual Attire/Costumes
- Sometimes Relatable
Personality Traits
- Evil
- Selfish
- Greedy
- Jealous
- Unforgiving
- Exploitive
Protagonist/Antagonist Activity
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Warning: Contains Spoilers
HP Discussion
Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Warning: Contains Spoilers
Joker Discussion
Defined:
noun
a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude: Ebeneezer Scrooge is a dynamic character. Compare static character.
Examples...
- Ebeneezer Scrooge
- Darth Vader
- Hermione Granger
Character Traits
- Changes personality
over time
- Sometimes also the protagonist
Defined:
nouna character in fiction whose personality, background, motives, and other features are fully delineated by the author.
Examples...
- Ron Weasley
- Woody (Toy Story)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
Defined:
noun
a literary or dramatic character who undergoes little or no inner change; a character who does not grow or develop.
Defined:

noun
an easily recognized character type in fiction who may not be fully delineated but is useful in carrying out some narrative purpose of the author.
Examples...
- Draco Malfoy
- Step Mother (Cinderella)
- Chewbacca
Character Traits
- Very Important to story
- Not fully explained
- Little to no change
Examples...
- Professor McGonagall
- Sherlock Holmes
- Yoda
Character Traits
- Contributes to story
- Little to no change
Character Traits
- Develops Thru story
- Not Consistent
- More Realistic
Develop the personality
- Notice behaviors of real people
- Create list

Protagonists:
- Do NOT make him/her perfect

Antagonists:
- Do NOT make them 100% evil
Create an appearance
- Very Important!

- Choose features that "symbolize" character

- Must fit personality

- Must also be consistent with character bio
Think of creative names
- BE CREATIVE AND RESOURCEFUL!

- Stay away from the obvious (John Smith)

-Think of unique spellings (Kris for Chris)

- Find inspiration in the people you know
(Chloe Cook becomes Chloe Bacon)

-Mainly use a variety of syllables

- Occasionally use alliteration

Examples of great names in acting:
Atticus Finch, Pepper Potts, Marty McFly, Clark Griswald, Napoleon Dynamite
Flesh out your character
- Have fun with it

- Take your time

- Create an entire profile (character bio)

- Think through the details

- Create a clear picture
General Tips/Guidelines
- Be prepared to talk details about your character (like he/she were real)

- Don't imitate, be yourself

- Dialogue helps develops characters
The final stages
- Allow your character to surprise you
(That's really when it becomes a character)

- Put the elements together

- Spend time as your character

- Practice, Practice, Practice!
A scene from "The Soloist"
Character Group Discussion
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