Start reading Supporting Character Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books) on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Supporting Character Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books) [Kindle Edition]

William C. Martell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $3.99

Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)
Amazon Storybuilder, a new tool for screenwriters. Build movie and series outlines with digital notecards. Try now for free.

Book Description

How Do You Create The Best Supporting Characters For Your Screenplay?

You've created a take charge protagonist, but what about the rest of your cast? How do you make them unique and interesting?

Using the hit comedy"Bridesmaids" as our main example we dig into what makes an interesting supporting character. What do Supporting Characters do? The "Rear Window" theory. One Degree Of Separation. Opposites React and the film "The Shape Of Things". Your character's Story Purpose and "The 40 Year Old Virgin". Supporting Character Unity and why "The Watch" flopped.

Introducing your Supporting Characters. Your most important Supporting Character: The Antagonist... and the lovable antagonist Ted the stuffed bear. Relationships between your Supporting Characters. Individual Humor and "The Hangover". Plants & Pay Offs in "Bridesmaids". The Dog Juice Theory. Symbolic Supporting Characters and "High Fidelity". Dialogue differences. Attitude. Instant Identifiers and "Top Secret!" How to handle crowd scenes and extras. And much, much more!

Almost 44,000 words of tips and techniques to help you create amazing Supporting Characters!

Product Details

  • File Size: 235 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (September 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CLSL6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for the serious writing student November 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A new favorite, I learned to stop working against my story and to let the people in it, tell it.
I had an ah ha moment about theme too! Like Blake Snyder, Mr. Martell does not talk down to the reader and is a real working screenwriter who leaves you inspired to write. There is no wasted time on selling and promoting, just powertools for storytelling. Good stuff.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info and guidance November 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another clear winner from working screenwriter Bill Martell. The Bluebook series is practical advice how to you can apply. This book focuses on how to create support characters in films that are of real value and that integrate with the story as a whole. A number of recent movies are explored, laying out the various characters and what they provide in that script. This is intermixed with advice on how to do the same in your script.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new stuff June 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've never before read such great advice regarding supporting characters. This all ties in with the story. I look forward to reading more blue books.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent advice from an expert February 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book explores many tools for creating supporting characters who support the protagonist, story and theme.

Highlights covered include how to differentiate characters, contrast characters, enhance theme, and craft "memorable" moments that have audiences and readers cheering.

Lots of examples from Bridesmaids and other movies to clarify ideas.

I really appreciate how his writing is clear, simple and to the point. He repeats info without making it repetitive.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information on characters! January 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read a lot of these how to screenwriting books, and this one is top notch! Martell explains it way better than most.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best advice and at a great price! September 20, 2013
By BruceD
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So much information on what a character needs to be interesting but also how they need to connect and contrast with the secondary characters. Extremely helpful!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! September 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mr. Martell gets to the heart of every aspect of story telling and this particular book spotlights the impact and importance of every character in your story...and most to develop them.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful August 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like all the Screenwriting Blue Books. They are all filled with very useful information that you just don't find in other places.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I held off getting this blue book but wish I would have gotten it sooner as it was excellent helping not only develop supporting characters but use those characters to define the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by PS
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew My Hair Back!
Wow. I have read dozens and dozens of writing books and I've never experienced anything like this book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Carl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing tools
I actually loved many of the concepts and ideas in this book. I also really liked how the author used lots of great examples to illustrate each concept. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JBO
4.0 out of 5 stars practical and straight forward
Lucky enough to grab this for free, but even at the full price it's great value for money for the 150+ pages of practice and straightforward advice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Leif Erik Smart
4.0 out of 5 stars No flab - just great info
I'm a huge fan of Bill Martell and this entire series of Screenwriting Blue Books are extremely useful. Read more
Published 14 months ago by FilmFan
5.0 out of 5 stars William Martell's Blue Books a Great Resource
Great book, as are all of William Martell's books and seminars. A definite asset for the working screenwriter.

Highly recommended.
Published 14 months ago by Antonio Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners
Full of great advice.concentrated a bit too much on Hangover and Bridesmaid neither of which I liked. In general worth time to read it
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

"William C. Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies," (Washington Post reviewer) David Nuttycombe.

How many writers of screenwriting books make their living actually writing and selling screenplays?

William C. Martell has written nineteen produced films, including three HBO World Premieres, two Showtime Originals, two MOWs for USA Network, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). In 2009 he wrote the big budget studio remake of a low budget 1980s theatrical horror movie - which is still inching toward production, and in his 20 year career as a professional screenwriter has done everything from adapting a New York Times Bestseller to turning down the job adapting ANGELS & DEMONS.

When he's not writing screenplays, he spends his time on film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - and went back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed him with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. and he's quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". His USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA... resulting in many meetings at Warner Bros (who released both films) where various executives asked him "Why?". In 2007 he had two films released on DVD on the same day - one from Sony Pictures, one from LionsGate - and both made the top 10 rentals. He is currently working on several projects for studios... plus a bunch of spec scripts.

Mr. Martell has been interviewed in Variety (February 24, 1997), featured in The Hollywood Reporter's first Writers Special Issue (February 1994), was the cover interview in The Hollywood Scriptwriter (October 1996), and was interviewed in the first issue of ScreenTalk Magazine (Denmark). Entertainment Today (March 23, 2001) named his website ScriptSecrets.Net the Best On The Web for screenwriters... and his blog was selected as one of the best by Bachelor's Degree Org.

Mr. Martell's book, THE SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING (First Strike Press) has been called "The best book on the practical nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing a screenplay I've ever read." - Ted Elliott, co-writer "The Mask Of Zorro", "Shrek", "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies.

"William C. Martell knows the action genre inside out. Learn from an expert!" - Mark Verheiden, screenwriter, "Time Cop", "The Mask" and TV's "Smallville".

"This book is dangerous. I feel threatened by it." - Roger Avary, Oscar winning screenwriter, "Pulp Fiction".

"My only complaint with SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING is that it wasn't around when I was starting out. The damned thing would have saved me years of trial and error!" - Ken Wheat, screenwriter, "Pitch Black" and "The Fly 2".

"Finally a screenwriting book written by a working professional screenwriter. Bill Martell really knows his stuff, showing you how to write a tight, fast screenplay." - John Hill, screenwriter, "Quigley Down Under".

Mr. Martell was born in the same hospital, in the same month, as Tom Hanks. Many believe they were switched at birth, and Bill should be the movie star. He lives in Studio City, California, and can be found most afternoons at some coffee house writing some darned new script on his laptop.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category