How To Write Compelling Characters: Love and Love-To-Hate

The secret to great films — even just good ones — are great characters, heroes we can root for and villains we can root against (but secretly love.) What makes a compelling character? How do we ensure our characters are memorable? Come learn some secrets and shortcuts to making your characters vibrant and alive.


Jody is a 2006 graduate of UCLA's MFA in Screenwriting Program.  A former therapist and social worker, Jody Wheeler is an award-winning creative, the writer-producer-director of the mystery-thriller THE DARK PLACE, the writer of the scifi film HEAT WAVE, the producer of the fantasy-drama JUDAS KISS, and producer on the horror-comedy PUPPET KILLER. His most recent science fiction project, HIPPOPOTAMUS, can be seen on the Revry network. His current projects, BEVERLY HILLS LIZARD PEOPLE,  THE QUIETEN, and DARK NUMBERS, are doing combat to make it to the screen.

Other classes at Story Expo by Jody:

Don't Make A Feature (Make A Short!)

Stepping Your Way To A Script

The Stories We Tell