Mon 12/3: Dating Your Character: Creating Compelling Characters with Marilyn Atlas

Monday 12/3 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Hosted by Marilyn Atlas (Manager/Producer, Marilyn Atlas Management)

Whether you’ve already written your script or are in the development/outlining phase, you know that interesting and compelling characters are an essential ingredient to making sure your script stands out. But, how do you measure what makes a character interesting and compelling? What if your characters are interesting and compelling to you, but not to others?

Worry no more! Marilyn Atlas is here with a one day clinic to help!

This 2-Hour Clinic Will Cover:

  • What makes characters compelling and sympathetic 
  • How to create interesting and compelling characters 
  • Writing exercises to help you polish your characters 
  • Live Q&A!

About Your Host:

Marilyn R. Atlas is a talent and literary manager and award-winning producer. Among her credits as film producer are REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; A CERTAIN DESIRE, starring Sam Waterston; and ECHOES, which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. Marilyn has also produced a variety of programming for the cable/pay TV market.

In live theater, Marilyn co-produced the West Coast premiere of the musical God Bless You Mr. Rosewater by Ashman and Menken (the writers of ENCHANTED and TANGLED). She also co-produced the award-winning play To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, which was made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher. In 2014, she co-produced the play Detained in the Desert at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio, TX. Her additional credits as a producer in live theater include Today’s Special and As I Sing.

In addition to Marilyn’s film/TV credits, she has sold (first time) novels “Chasing the Jaguar” to HarperCollins, “Hungry Woman in Paris” to Grand Central Publishing, and the “Ave Maria Bed & Breakfast” to Hachette Publishing, and the “Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole” to Source Books. Her Lifetime movie THE CHOKING GAME based on the YA book by Diana Lopez aired in summer 2014.

Previously, Marilyn developed the BRIDES' MARCH for Lifetime Television as well as a limited television series. She previously produced the short musical version of REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES in Los Angeles in 2009 and is involved in the current development of a full-length production for 2018. 

Marilyn is currently developing a TV pilot based on the Gary Phillips series of novels “High Hand” and “Shooter’s Point” featuring strong-willed African-American protagonist Martha Chainey. She is also developing a Chinese historical epic with the Metan Development Group and CODEBUSTERS, a children’s show for TV based on a series of best-selling books.

Marilyn is also featured in the book “Write Now!” from Penguin/Tarcher. She is the co-author of a relationship-based, screenwriting guide called “Dating Your Character,” about an organic approach to character creation for Stairway Press’ 2016 catalog.



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