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« on: March 02, 2004, 02:54:56 PM »
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how do you think of your character's first and last name? I like looking at movie and TV credits.
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2004, 02:59:55 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2004, 03:04:45 PM »
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If at all possible, I use something that describes them. Like one person read a short of mine, and said the main character was a "shell of a man", hence his name became Sheldon Mann.

And so on...

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2004, 03:09:21 PM »
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I'm very big into finding the proper names for my characters. I always put some thought in it and come up with something that could be read into if you looked hard enough. Even if that means finding the definitions of names to reflect attributes towards the character.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2004, 03:10:25 PM »
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I actually think it's one of the hardest things in writing.

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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2004, 03:11:09 PM »
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mann is a jewish name isnt it?
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2004, 03:13:17 PM »
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Dunno.



Yeah, finding names is usually the last thing I do before doing a dialogue draft of a script. And even then I leave most names as The Mother, The Hot Chick, The Doctor, and so on.

One of my friends names everyone of his main characters Mike, in all planning stages. To simplify things, I guess... :roll:
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2004, 03:18:26 PM »
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i think of first names but not last names.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2004, 05:55:41 PM »
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I work at a Medical Billing place, so I get to see all these interesting names the patients in the hospitals have.  I usually see one that strikes my fancy, or maybe I'll combine two names.
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2004, 06:18:14 PM »
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Sometimes a name just comes along with the character. Other times.... they don't.

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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2004, 06:53:04 PM »
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I have a book of baby names that lists their origin and meaning. I like to put a subconscious/hidden "message" in a character's name; whether it relates to the character or his/her story.
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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2004, 07:24:29 PM »
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Things got hard for me once I stopped naming characters after characters from other movies as homage (i.e. "Eliza" and "Sabrina" after Audrey Hepburn characters).

Now I try to use common names (Bill, Bob, Mike, etc.) for minor characters and really pick apart phone books for less common names.  

But I have to pick wisely because otherwise, I'm liable to come up with something the likes of Clayton MacGillicuddy and only the Coens can pull off a name like that.

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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2004, 10:18:35 PM »
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I actually think it's one of the hardest things in writing.

that's true. if u can make great character names (and not just gag ones), u are a genius.

wes anderson is untouchable in this regard.
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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2004, 10:26:14 PM »
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What makes a great character name in your opinion?

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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2004, 11:09:48 PM »
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good question.

basically that the character looks like their name.. and that it sounds good. it's a fine art, with some basics: if a person is of foreign descent or ethnic appearance u can get away with stranger names, like Pagoda.

the real essence of a good name, the art of it, can probably be attributed to pleasant-sounding syllable combinations, alliteration is the most simple.. "Anthony Adams" "Dirk Diggler".  the tenenbaums were especially great, cos the parents names were softly magisterial "royal, etheliene", and the intrusion of a harsh consonant in the kids gives them a broken quality "Chas, Richie, Margot."

anyway, it's a real talent, also that they all mean sumthing in a poetic (linguistic) sort of way. herman blume, rosemary cross.. that is so what they do.
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