Dating Your Character: A Sexy Guide to Screenwriting

Dating Your Character: A Sexy Guide to Screenwriting

Marilyn R. Atlas, Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein, Elizabeth Lopez


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Dating Your Character, the inventive how-to screenwriting book, provides a map of eight creative stepping-stones that point the way to a thriving writer-character relationship. Just as a therapist can help with “educating your awareness,” to explore traits, memories and obsessions and thrashing them out for their root causes, writers must always search for underlying meaning in details that evoke the essence of their Character. The “Dating Your Character” approach is grounded in the need to drill down from generalities into visually imagined, metaphor-embedded specifics.  It’s a fertile way to begin the process of characterization.


Marilyn R. Atlas:
Marilyn R. Atlas is an award-winning producer and personal manager, who represents both actors and writers. Among her credits as a 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, Choke for Lifetime, and Echoes, which won the Gold Award at the 1991 Texas International Film Festival. She has sold her clients’ (first-time) novels to HarperCollins, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Publishing, and Sourcebooks.

“Devo” earned her BFA in Film/Art from Cal Arts. Then, she launched a career in the executive ranks, which included becoming Director of Literary Affairs at Columbia Pictures TV. Recently, she completed her Masters in Professional Writing at USC and now teaches classes at USC’s Summer program and at UCLA Extension. She was named Best Pitching Coach 2012 by “Hollywood & Vine Magazine.” As long-time CEO of The Script Broker®, Devo has helped writers get their material ready to market.

Elizabeth Lopez attended Vassar College, majoring in English Literature. She started her Hollywood career as a story analyst for talent managers and production companies, including Vincent Cirrincione & Associates and The Little Company. As VP of Literary Development at Marilyn Atlas Management, she has been managing writing talent, recently editing and selling Jonisha Rios’ comic novella “The Curse” to Café con Leche press, which was published in Summer 2016.