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Supporting Character Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 12) by [Martell, William C.]
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  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (September 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CLSL6S
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Wow. I have read dozens and dozens of writing books and I've never experienced anything like this book. The information was so unbelievably thorough that (at one point) I thought my brain was going to explode from all the great advice. If you're serious about your writing and you want to take your supporting characters to the next level, then this book is for you! It will challenge you. It will inspire you. It will blow your hair back.
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This Blue Book explains how important the different characters are to stories. If story is largely about character then this book of tools and tips is pretty important. Some of my favorite character tools mentioned are: CHARACTERS AND DOG JUICE in which minor characters need to stand out more. THE CONTRAST KEY in which characters need to support each other through contrast. And REAR WINDOW THEORY in which characters are really different reflections of the theme.

Martell's books are interesting and fun reads. I would recommend this book to both screenwriters, playrights and novelists.
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I'm a huge fan of Bill Martell and this entire series of Screenwriting Blue Books are extremely useful. Imagine the best parts of your favorite screenwriting books with all the flab and vague theory removed. Everything within Supporting Character Secrets is solid, specific, practical advice. When Martell does talk theory, he puts it in the context of a concise dissection of a film (Rear Window, for instance) so that you understand why something works and how to apply it to your own screenplay. My only gripe? All these Blue Books should be compiled into one volume: Secrets of the Working Screenwriter. Also recommended: The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting (fully revised edition)
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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 importantly...how to develop them.
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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 theme, plot, and main character...
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