Monday, July 28, 2014

Film Writes: Character Roles

Disney’s movie Frozen is a perfect example to analyze for character roles — many roles are represented, sometimes more than once. How many of these roles are represented in your WIP?

> Protagonist — Anna, princess of Arendelle. She grows up oblivious to her sister Elsa’s powers, finds out too late, and immediately sets off to reconcile their relationship. The movie follows her journey to find Elsa and save Arendelle.

          > Sidekick — Olaf, a living snowman. He attaches himself to Anna. Despite his gullibility, he eagerly allies himself to help her, making him one of the more endearing characters in the movie.

> Antagonist — Elsa, queen of Arendelle. Her powers and lifelong fears keep her estranged from her sister and imprisoned, distant from others, until she causes her kingdom to freeze over and then runs away instead of doing something about it.

> Antagonist — duke of Weselton. His deceptive agenda makes him a formidable foe for the incapacitated kingdom of Arendelle.

> Love Interest — Hans, prince of the Southern Isles. He sweeps Anna off her feet and does all he can to prove to her his acceptance and to help her kingdom in crisis.

> Reluctant Hero — Kristoff, ice merchant. His compatibility with reindeer translates to scorn for most people, until he’s really needed.

          > Sidekick — Sven, Kristoff’s reindeer pal. Sven compliments his master’s [initial] reticence and turns out to be a definite ally in dangerous and emotional moments.

> Mentor — Grandpabbie, the oldest rock troll. His wisdom saves one character when she’s a child and again, later in her life, at a critical moment.

> Villain — ?

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That’s the question this time. Who’s the villain in Frozen? One of the antagonists, Elsa or the duke? The other character with deceptive intentions, revealed much later in the story?

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