Define your characters by what they do and how they do it--as well as what they have done and how
they did it. In other words: define your characters by their actions. In cinema character is
defined by what a person does, not by what he thinks or says. As in life, these are often
opposites of the personality he's presenting to the world. A man's actions can betray his true
intentions, or show his words to be a lie.
Defining your characters by their clothes, the books on their shelves, their body language, their gestures, their facial expressions, makes not only for more economical and dramatic storytelling, it also exploits the magic of cinema. It brings your characters and your stories to life, and it can make them jump off the page and screen.
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