Now, of course, a ‘unique voice’ doesn’t necessarily mean an accent or anything spoken. It can, but we’re talking more like how they speak, how they carry themselves. What makes them different than an average guy (or gal)? What makes them unique? What gives them their own unique voice?
The second act is where you’ll be doing most of your supporting-
It’s so easy to focus all your time creating your screenplay’s main-
script is usually reserved for the big climatic scenes like the final-
When you watch movies from now on, pay attention to how they introduce each character. Watch when they tell you the character’s name and how they do it. Watch how much backstory they give you in such a short amount of time (and space on a page). Watch how the relationships between the characters are subtly shown within each scene. Etc...
Watch the scene above (from Armageddon).
Notice how much about each character the screenwriter gets across in just a line or two! One little scene, and it tells us everything about these guys’ characters.
Take a look at how much the screenwriter tells us about these characters in even less time:
Watch the opening of Breaking Away (1979), one of my all-
After just the first scene, you the viewer, know just about everything about these guys. The screenwriter lets you know everything you need to know. Immediately.
You know that Dennis Quaid is the leader. You know that Daniel Stern is the shy, funny poet. You know that Dave is a champion cyclist who thinks he’s Italian. You know that Moocher is the runt of the litter. They live in a small town. They are old friends. Etc...