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CLIP 13779

Creating believable characters - Eastenders and E20

Creating believable characters - Eastenders and E20
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Key Info
  • Creating believable characters - Eastenders and E20
  • Duration: 10:00
  • Using characters from both Eastenders and E20, writers, producers, cast members and directors of both soap operas explain how an in-depth knowledge of your character is a vital part of creating not only believable storylines for them but also the words they will say and the actions they will employ. The importance of authenticity is explored, with writers explaining how they ensure that their characters are speaking as authentically as possible. The importance of empathy to creating a believable, successful character is also explored, and directors and writers demonstrate how the decisions they make about a character will impact upon how an audience reacts to them. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in May 2012 as part of the programme Writing for Walford.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Writing: Poetry and Drama

  • Keywords: Eastenders, script writing, soap operas, television, writing for television, characterisation, subtext, empathy, WritingforWalford
Ideas for use in class
  • To develop an understanding of effective ways of developing a character in narrative writing. To support the teaching of a unit on spoken language, as part of a study of effective role creation for a drama lesson or course, as part of the consideration of writers' craft when studying a drama text, as stimulus for a piece of speaking and listening work.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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