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The Antagonist’s Journey

Friday, August 3, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Garden C

A hero can’t rise without an equally strong, complex antagonist to rise against. And to craft a strong “bad guy”, you have to know the key elements of memorable antagonists and villains. Using examples of Hollywood’s greatest villains, we will go over the pathology of antagonists, how to take popular villain archetypes to the next level, how to create relatable motivations, powerful backstories, and follow the Antagonist’s Journey beat sheet to make your bad guys oh so good!


Danny Manus

As a development executive, a producer, a script consultant, and a screenwriter, I have been on all sides of the pitching table. I have a great instinct for story as well as a passion to help other writers find theirs. As a consultant, I work with writers at all levels to help them improve their craft, their scripts, and their careers. And as a former exec, I know what execs and reps are looking for and how to position writers for their best chance at success.

  • Pitch Preferences:  Features, Television, Short Film, Comedy, Thriller/Crime, Horror, True Stories, Family Film, TV 60 minute, TV 30 minute