Screenplay Tips: How To Write Great Supporting Characters

Screenplay Tips: How To Write Great Supporting Characters


Writing main characters is (and should be) your primary focus when you’re developing a new screenplay.  However, when your major plot points and character arcs are in place, you need to fill out your world with interesting secondary characters.  Writing great supporting characters takes great skill and an enormous amount of creativity and originality.  Every minor character needs to feel real.  Every character is an individual with goals and a unique personality.

They may not be the main character in your screenplay but they are the stars of their own movies. 

Below you’ll find over 40 screenwriting resources including extensive articles, analysis, videos, tips & more.  You’ll also find a number of resources that break down the best minor film characters of all time!  These links will surely help you make your supporting characters memorable and entertaining!

Check them all out.  Then write!

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10 Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Supporting Characters | io9

The Value of Interesting Support Characters | The Story Department

Supporting Characters Gone Wild | Script Magazine

GUIDE | Creating Characters | The Script Lab

Top 10 Tips About Writing Supporting Characters | Screenwriter’s Utopia

Minor Characters Don’t Need Major Introductions | Writer’s Store

Theme/Minor Characters | Let’s Schmooze

4 Tips To Write An Unusual Character | Bang 2 Write

Are Your Secondary Characters Second Best? | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Support Group – Why Well-Developed Supporting Characters Are Crucial | Movie Scope Magazine

Don’t Let Fake Minor Characters Ruin Your Story | Standout Books

How To Write Effective Supporting Characters | Writer’s Digest

On Writing Memorable (Minor) Characters | Writability

Minor Characters, Major Opportunities | The Bitter Script Reader

Supporting Characters And ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ | Script Magazine

Daniel Schechter, Supporting Characters | Filmmaker Magazine

How to Create Original Characters in Your Supporting Cast | Scribe Meets World

When Secondary Characters Fall In Love | Script Wrecked

Everything I Needed to Know About Character Development I Learned From a Fish | Absolute Write

3 Ways to Write Stupendous Supporting Characters | Helping Writers Become Authors

6 Tips For Writing Minor Characters | Write On Sisters

Writer’s Den: Developing Supporting Characters | Fantasy Faction

Character Outlining | Script Shadow

Types Of Supporting Characters | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Top 5 Ways Writers Screw Up Their Characters | Bang 2 Write

20 Of The Greatest Minor Characters In Modern Movies | Taste Of Cinema

Techniques for Creating Great Secondary Characters Used in “Juno” | Beyond Structure

Getting The Most From Secondary Characters In 3 Steps | Writer Unboxed

How Minor Characters Help You Discover Your Theme | Helping Writers Become Authors

Avoiding Stereotypes In Minor Characters | Film Script Writing


10 Supporting Film Characters That Completely Stole The Spotlight | What Culture

The 27 Greatest Minor Film Characters Of All Time | Total Film

10 Supporting Characters Who Totally Deserve Their Own Movie | Flavor Wire

10 Best Supporting Characters In Animated History | Skymovies

10 Most Overrated Supporting Characters In Movie History | VH1

12 Superhero Supporting Characters Who Could Make Awesome Movies | Blastr

2014’s Supporting Characters That Deserve Their Own Spin Off | Den Of Geek

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