Characters who are teachers are often very interesting to explore.  Showing the gain of knowledge your characters endure will most likely improve your project.  The benefit is twofold.  You can improve your project and also inform your audience.  Your audience may take a beautiful selfish interest in your work simply because of what you have allowed them to learn and know.  Ask yourself, do your teacher characters teach what they teach for pay?  Do they share goals with the heroes to the point they give knowledge?  How far can you take your characters with what you, yourself, know?  Are your principal characters the teachers or do you introduce a new character to teach them?  Do you go backwards in the story you have presented in order to establish these characters?  Are they legendary or just the guys next door?  How sacred is their knowledge?

Contributor

Alexander Valdez is a filmmaker and author. He has written A Writer’s Guide to the Hero’s Journey and Screenwriter’s Notebook. He is the founder of the Cinema-Libre Film Movement, a National Merit Scholar and first appeared in the Hollywood Creative Directory in 2002 under Academy Award Winning Producer Al Ruddy and Producer Andre Morgan as a Story Editor. He has served as a Writer’s Guild Writer’s Assistant, is inducted into the Director’s Guild of America and has a hiring contract for the Producer’s Guild of America. He is a point-member in Actor’s Equity Association and also a composer listed to the American Society of Composer and Performers, where at the time or invitation he was the youngest member invited to the union. He has also done voice for Radio to membership in the American Film, Television and Radio Actors, now SAG-AFTRA.

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