Sherriff Woody

8 Movies Aspiring Screenwriters Should Watch When Studying Character Development

By David Zou

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Creating something as complex as a conscious being is the most vital task in writing a script. Characters are the human representation in an art that comments on humanity.

Every last character has a desire, and that desire drives every aspect of the story. Through their desire, a character changes from the start to the finish of the story. A writer must create characters that have desires and conflicts he or she cares about care about if they have any chance at making their audience care.

1. Toy Story 3 (2010) – d. Lee Unkrich, w. Michael Arndt


Make the audience care. The only way stories impact people is if the audience cares about the characters.

Toy Story 3 is a tearjerker because the audience came to know Andy’s toys for over a decade. Lead by Sherriff Woody, the zany cast of toys overcame conflicts in two separate movies by the time we reconvene with them for Pixar’s third installment of the series. Most screenwriters don’t have the luxury of inheriting fully developed characters, but Toy Story 3 proves that putting characters through peril creates emotional investment in those characters.

In the Toy Story series, the conflict of the first two films centered around Andy’s close-knit group of toys rescuing each other from the clutches of a toy-sadist. The third film deals with the same separation anxiety between the characters.

After being accidently donated to Sunnyside Daycare, the group of toys decides to stay in their newfound paradise of constant playtime. Woody, however, escapes the daycare to go into storage and fulfill his purpose of always being there for Andy. But when woody learns that a tyrannical teddy bear is running the toy’s social structure over at Sunnyside, the movie turns into another rescue mission.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema