Category Archives: Villain Checklist

The Villain Checklist: Kick The Dog

Blake Snyder’s seminal work Save The Cat! is considered the bible of Hollywood screenwriting and its backbone is the titular plot point. In the book, Snyder describes the “Save the cat” moment as a relatively small but very important instance … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Defining Statements

The matter of the defining statement is an important one for all characters in any story, and the antagonist is no exception to that. What do I mean when I say defining statement, in the context of the villain? Simply … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Distinct

Let’s continue with our look at what makes the best movie villain, and our stroll through the introduction phase of that process. We’ve talked about the exact circumstances of when an antagonist is introduced to the audience, it’s place in … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Introduction

We have to start somewhere, so let’s start right at the beginning. The other week I outlined my checklist, divided into five sections, the first being “Meeting The Villain”[i]. A wise man once said “You only get to make one … Continue reading

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