Creating Great Characters
+ Unlikable Characters

Having a great story is crucial, but the key to selling your screenplay is character. You must have great characters. In this talk, you learn how to create dynamic, exciting characters that audiences will love and actors will be dying to play (the real secret to selling and getting your screenplay made!). We will analyze great movie characters, focusing on key scenes that make us fall in love with a character. We will focus on the key elements that will allow you to get these great characters on the page in screenplay format. Plus as a bonus we’ll examine unlikable characters and how they work – they definitely do not save the cat!



Don is a working screenwriter and WGA member with 20 years of industry experience. He teaches advanced screenwriting and core screenwriting classes at USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA.
Currently, he is writing the upcoming Sci-Fi feature Gods of Mars.


Recently, he wrote a mini-series based on a classic novel set to star and produced by Sir Ben Kingsley. He has written extensively in the feature world including credits on Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films. He's also had the privilege of working with some of the top producers in the industry, such as: John Lasseter, Peter Chernin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, David Heyman, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

His passionate screenwriting guidance has led numerous students'  

success. Over the last 3 years at least one of his students have finished in the top 3 in the UCLAex screenwriting competition, including last year's winner Johan Ingler, who's script Frankie & Chair is now in production.

His screenwriting classes have been rated the "Best in LA" by LA Weekly.

Amazing Weekend

For Writers In All

Medium of Story