Screenwriting Masterclass: Crafting Complex Characters

Learn the Write Rich, Complex Characters That Connect with an Audience in Your Screenwriting, Filmmaking & Film School!

4.55 (88 reviews)
1 hour
Apr 2019
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What you will learn

You'll enhance your character development across genres

Strong character development will evoke emotions in your audience


Join over 30,000 students learning from our courses!

You can’t have a great plot without having amazing characters. Strong character development will evoke emotions in your audience whether you’re writing a comedy, drama, or any other genre. To create great characters, you need your audience to connect in some way. Even if you love your characters, there is no guarantee your reader will connect with them.

In this how-to video, you’ll learn:

  • The three ways to connect a viewer to the main character

  • The importance of empathy

  • How to make a great character relatable

  • And more!

You’ll love this video if you are:

  • Struggling to find an audience

  • Revising your latest script

  • Interested in why people connect with characters

If you want to elevate your scripts and stories – AND your screenwriting or filmmaking career -- to the highest possible level, this class is a must.

They DON'T teach you this in Film School!


What people are saying about our courses: 

"By far, the best director and cinematography course on the Internet." - Nate Carroll

"I really enjoyed taking this class. It wasn't just that the subject was interesting to me, but the teacher also made the class intriguing. I would gladly recommend this class to anyone who would be interested." - Leah Ames

Very helpful. Adds depth to your understanding and intuitive insights which you surely had if you happened to play with video shooting and editing without doing any learning beforehand. It's enriching. The movie samples are great as the clarify the points. Love it! - Yosi Tsitsu


Creating characters that people connect with is no easy feat, but it is the key to writing amazing work. Learn several tips and techniques from Karl Iglesias that will take your characters to the next level. Filmmaking is not just about the cameras.


Who is Karl Iglesias?

Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the best-selling author of Writing For Emotional Impact and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters. He teaches at UCLA Extension’s Writers' Program, where he’s won the Outstanding Instructor Award for 2010, the Screenwriting Expo and online at Writers University. He also writes a regular column on the craft for Creative Screenwriting magazine.


Important information before you enroll:

  • In case you find the course useless, don't forget you are covered by a 30 day money back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked!

  • Once enrolled, you have unlimited, lifetime access to the course!

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If you've got the dream.

If you've got the drive.

If you've got the passion - but you're missing the knowledge and experience...this course will help you write and sell your feature film screenplay.

Enroll NOW! Let's get started!


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Connecting Emotionally with Characters
Six Key Questions to Build Character
Revealing a Character
Connecting with a Character
Humanizing the Character
How to Create Humanistic Traits in a Character


March 10, 2022
In short: Great for Beginners and okay for seasoned writers. Pros: - Great tools and techniques to create compelling Characters. - Has a lot of Information and Studies Con: - Course is more like a lecture (Really Short) - It's a brief touch on the concepts. No tasks or exploration of studies.
December 6, 2021
For being only an hour, the course gave all the techniques that you need to build solid characters in your story and gave plenty of relatable real movie examples.
August 9, 2021
Great information and technics. Although a lot of the material is present in his book "Writing for emotional impact" I found the course a rich addition to my toolkit. I read the book many years ago, and now hearing the content while working on my script gave me diferent perspectives on things. Also, it was great to share the watching experience with my writing partner, where we could pause sometimes to discuss the concepts. We wouldn't do that with the book since each one has its own reading pace.
May 25, 2021
It is a short, but very interesting seminar in which we find all the necessary to create a good character!
February 9, 2021
Really informative interesting course. Iglesias has a lot of interesting things to say that a very applicable
January 7, 2021
The seminar is really practical and quite interesting, in good temp and balance. But I totally agree the quality of the video is awful. It seemed to be an ancient recording.
December 18, 2020
Examples from well known stories, that Karl Iglesias uses to further illustrate key lecture concepts, makes them easy to grasp and understood.
October 7, 2020
Very helpful course, this is one of the few classes where I wish there were resources like pdfs with the lists.
August 12, 2020
An in-depth understanding of how to develop characters, not only the protagonist, or antagonist but also characters that would bring in reality.
May 6, 2020
Good lecture with great information. However, it's not a good course. There was no effort in making this lecture into a good course. It has poor quality video, the presentation is boring and there are no downloads or summaries of the information covered. If they put some effort into the presentation and gave it more interest, it could be a good course.
April 26, 2020
Excellent course. The information is presented in a concise and easy to digest manner and with real film examples.
April 23, 2020
Great techniques for character building and the course looks like has less hours but it covers almost all topics regarding character building.
January 14, 2020
Interesting. Nice introduction. But would be nice to learn more about applying this in context of scenes, not just mentioning other films, but worked examples of fixing scenes perhaps
August 31, 2019
I liked this. It was a little fast at times. I also liked the examples, it learned a lot.Liking/disliking characters were great tips and examples. Thank you.



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