Thursday, May 14, 2009

Special Speaker Event: "Respecting the Antagonist"

The latest entry in the Scriptwriters Network's Speaker Series sounds like an interesting one to attend for any LA based writers. Given by writer/producer/mentor Bill Boyle, it's called "Respecting the Antagonist". Here's the info:

"The essence of true character conflict is not derived from the protagonist being right and the antagonist being wrong, but from both characters being right – carried to an inevitable conclusion. Villains and unsympathetic characters don't consider themselves evil.

Everyone including your antagonist is doing the very best he can given his fears, needs, knowledge, skills, pain, and personal history.

The hero offers us the journey and the objective of the story, but it is the antagonist that creates the drama.

A great antagonist makes us squirm not because of the opposition he represents, but because there is a truth behind his position that makes us uncomfortable. It is the antagonist that forces both the hero, as well as us, to confront our shadow side.


Bill Boyle is a veteran screenwriter who has been involved in the film industry in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, director, agent, producer, story editor, and mentor.

Mr. Boyle devotes a significant amount of his time mentoring younger screenwriters through his Screenwriting Workshops and Script Coaching. He is presently teaching screenwriting at UCLA Extensions."

The event takes place on Saturday, May 16th from 1 - 3pm at CBS Studio Center in Studio City.

For more information and to RSVP (which you must do to attend) contact the Scriptwriters Network. You can also call them at (888) 796-9673 (1-888-SWN–WORD)

Hey, besides getting great info you might also win Movie Magic Screenwriter Software
or a subscription to Creative Screnwriting Magazine so it's a win-win all around!