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Hal Ackerman’s Characters that Crackle with Life


An easy-to-digest approach to crafting great characters and scenes.



Product Description


Hal Ackerman’s irreverent and easy-to-digest approach to scripting great scenes makes this video fun and informative for any writer.

Illustrating his points with clips from Hustle & Flow and Fargo, Ackerman points out how creating intimacy with your characters makes them far more compelling than superfcial concepts of “likeability.”

Get answers to these and other questions:

  • What is the one purpose of every movie scene?
  • Intimacy vs. morality: can either side win?
  • How should the “writer’s objective” function via the “character’s objective?”
  • What is the purpose of a character’s “circumstance?”
  • What is your main character’s “Pole Star?”
  • What is the function of the “Irrevocable Act?”


About Hal Ackerman

Hal Ackerman is co-area head of the UCLA Screenwriting program. As a writer he has sold material to major studios, independents and the three networks. Screenplays written in his classes have become films featuring stars such as Tom Hanks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hillary Swank and Diane Lane.