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    I am working on a little side project, just for fun, titled NINE LIVES.

    A troubled schizophrenic leads local police on a wild goose chase in search of a murderer who has claimed eight victims... all his multiple personalities.

    Anyways, the main character is STANLEY. Throughout the story, he has conversations, arguments, and confrontations with his other personalities.

    When making the Character headings, should each personality be individually named by its specific personality trait?

    STANLEY
    Dialogue. Dialogue. Dialogue.

    ANGRY STANLEY
    Dialogue. Dialogue. Dialogue.


    Or can I just stick with a #?

    STANLEY
    Dialogue. Dialogue. Dialogue.

    STANLEY #2
    Dialogue. Dialogue. Dialogue.
    DBense18
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    Last edited by DBense18; 03-26-2009, 01:39 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

    1 - how can their be a murder investigation if there is no body? and if all the characters are one then there can be no body. am i right?

    2 - the united states of tara is a new tv show on showtime with a woman with multiple characters. see how they handle your question.

    3 - imo - each character should have his own name
    STANLEY/BUCK
    STANLEY/BETTY
    or
    BUCK/STANLEY
    BETTY/STANLEY

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    • #3
      Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

      You can check out The Beaver, as well for an example with two personalities. Give each personality a name and a character intro when you introduce.

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      • #4
        Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

        Originally posted by altoption View Post
        You can check out The Beaver, as well for an example with two personalities. Give each personality a name and a character intro when you introduce.
        Even if it is more psychological and emotional, rather than a whole new "character" and persona?

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        • #5
          Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

          Originally posted by DBense18 View Post
          Even if it is more psychological and emotional, rather than a whole new "character" and persona?
          What do you mean by this? You described him talking with his other personalities.

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          • #6
            Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

            Any way works as long as it reads well and is coherent. Just be sure to add a notation in your script somewhere that explains how it is a different personality of the same character.

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            • #7
              Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

              Check out the script for SHELTER (very cool movie coming out this year).

              It is handles this EXACT issue.

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              • #8
                Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

                Does it matter that schizophrenia doesn't mean multiple personality disorder???
                "Berne is the capital of Switzerland. It has seven times the size of the graveyard of Naples, but it's only half as funny."
                Luciano di Crescenco

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                • #9
                  Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

                  Originally posted by cerckl View Post
                  Does it matter that schizophrenia doesn't mean multiple personality disorder???
                  No. Doesn't matter at all.

                  But starting out a logline with "A man who suffers from Dissociative identity disorder,..." seems a little too drawn out.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Character Structure - Multiple Personalities

                    Good 'nuff...
                    "Berne is the capital of Switzerland. It has seven times the size of the graveyard of Naples, but it's only half as funny."
                    Luciano di Crescenco

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