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Friday, August 19, 2011

Assignment: Meet the Character

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques. Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

Assignment: Meet the Character
Do a chat show style interview with a character from a book or play. Get the character to talk about their background, their motivations, and explain their actions.


In this example, a reporter interviews Lady Macbeth’s maid about her unusual behaviour.

Suggested techniques

Don’t necessarily do a main character - it can be more effective to take a minor character.

Remember to make sure the character speaks in the same way as in the original material.

You could do a “This Is Your Life” approach and bring in other characters to talk about their relationship with the subject.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • The student is required to demonstrate a good understanding of the character and their role in the story.
  • The chat show approach allows them to take a less formal approach than writing an essay.
  • The student has a chance to visualise the character.
  • This can lead on to discussions of works like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead or other works based on minor characters in literature.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Literature


(1) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/23 at 10:41 AM

I have newly introduced with new idea! I consider that this assignment will helps us on the real life. Thanks for fine luck smile 

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