Archetypes: Understanding the Core Building Blocks of a Character

Justin Ross
Executive Vice President of Development & Production @ Bohemia Group Originals
Saturday 3/20 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

Think back to a classic high school cafeteria scene. Each group has its own table - the jocks, the cheerleaders, the Freaks and Geeks, and so on. When you think about each of these groups, you probably assign certain traits to the people in them.

We’re all familiar with the hero, damsel, and mentor archetypes, but how about the vampire or the caregiver? What traits are associated with them, and how can you use these archetypes to build your characters?  After all, the Storyteller and Writer are both archetypes themselves!

This 2-hour class is limited to no more than 6 participants. The time will fly by, guaranteed. No one is required to share though sharing is encouraged and welcomed. Any personal insights that they wish to be kept private should be kept private. Like all classes, we hold the space to be like Las Vegas…what happens in the session stays in the session. Guaranteed this will be a lot of fun and potentially life-changing as well! 

This 2-Hour Clinic Will Cover: 

  • Defining archetypes
  • Examples of classic and new archetypes in film and television and literature
  • How archetypes have both “light” and “shadow” elements; what that all means
  • Discovering YOUR personal archetypes (the best part!)
  • Group discussion of personal archetypes (volunteer sharing)
  • How your personal archetypes are utilized in your life (the Archetypal Wheel)
  • How knowing your personal archetypes will make you a better storyteller
  • Ways you can implement knowledge of archetypes into your characters and stories
  • Live Q&A!
About Your Host
Justin Ross was born and raised in the Midwest. He began his film career as a screenwriter. In 2008, he joined Intrinsic Value Films first as Creative Executive. During his tenure at Intrinsic, he secured relationships with top talent, including Scott Free Productions and the estates of authors Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick. Mr. Ross joined Bohemia Group Originals (the production arm of international talent management company, Bohemia Group) as Director of Production in 2015 and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Development and Production in 2016 where he championed the company’s first feature, A DARK PLACE (distributed by Gravitas Ventures; winner of “Best Thriller” at the Manhattan Film Festival). Further credits include Associate Producer on the Spike Lee Executive Produced SON OF THE SOUTH and Executive Producer on the forthcoming MORE THAN RIVALS by the writer of HOOSIERS and RUDY and to be directed by the legendary Nick Castle. He currently lives in Los Angeles and continues to write, connecting his two passions: good people and great stories.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!