The concept of balance shouldn’t strike you as a new revelation. All life has balance, therefore, if all life has balance a screenplay must be balanced in all its aspects. Of course, balance in dialogue, action, emotional patterns and traumas is essential. The true question many writers ponder is how is balance naturally created? Moreover, how can balance be applied?
Naturally formulating balance within a script begins with establishing opposing personalities within friend and foe characters. Similar personalities, patterns of speech or actions leads to a flat and predictable script. Opposingly, characters rich with individuality that is not complimentary to each other leads to thick story structure and appealing character dynamics.
Mainstream culture is gnawing away the sensibility and creativity of its followers by assuming all groups of friends and families feature similar personalities, appearances and goals. This notion, portrayed as commonality, of social familiarity does nothing but feed into narcissistic mindsets. These individuals would rather engage with persons nearly identical to themselves than explore the depths of human personalities and cultures.
Unsurprising, writers who gain most of their visual entertainment from these sources mirror their inspiration by creating masturbatory scripts filled with characters with flat, predictable traits. This skewed worldview cultivates writers whose skillset is based in recreating himself and his life in all his works. These writers, unbearably common, live in a corporation-created realty. How can a writer fully expose the depths of creativity if he’s unable to connect to the foundation of imagination – the actuality of life.
Follow the path of actual reality, which is one where opposing personalities and situations coexist and ultimately create interesting chaos. The bouncing energy of individuals who share a common bond, but feature distinctively separate personalities and mindsets, cultivates unpredictable dialogue and action sequences.
The unpredictability of incorporating opposing personalities into intimate relationships supports realistic and compelling scenes. Many first draft scripts feature dialogue and characters that are far too similar to one another. Use the first draft as a means of simply expressing these characters onto a physical medium, then return to the script with the purpose of completely changing certain characters and events. These changes are not at random, but rather reflect the chaotic nature of real life.