Small Screen Teens: Identity, Adolescence and Character in Television Script Development
Fictional characters in television series’ provide the audience with a conduit to experience the stories being told on their screen. Teen drama television series’ do this by developing a strong emotional connection between character and audience. One way that a screenwriter can attempt to build such a connection is by constructing its characters as a realistic representation of the adolescent experience. This can be done by combining screenwriting practice with the psychological theories of Erik Erikson.
This project investigates the application of Erikson’s theories to the development of character backstories and character arcs for a teen drama television series entitled Life After. The show bible for this series tells the story of four teenaged characters who represent the psychological process of identity development, and the accompanying exegesis analyses the use and effectiveness of this experimental creative practice.
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