I have no illusions that I am a screenwriter – but there is no harm in trying. I never imagined being a comedy writer but somehow that keeps happening.
As I start the final week of the Future Learn screenwriting course, it is suggested that one takes a protagonist and analyses his character, first recording his actions but starting from the end This might be an interestng exercise when applied to conventional short stories and novels.
The following is based on the life of Robert Hammond, Parliamentary Soldier and Governorof the Isle of Wight.
Dies from a fever in Ireland aged 33.(1654)
Accepts an appointment to sort out Irish taxes from Protector, Oliver Cromwell.
Dismissed from the army and from his governorship
Refuses to obey orders until he has them in writing, even though he knows what they will be
Obeys an order to release the king from prison even though he believes it is wrong
Writes complaining letters to his bosses asking to be relieved of his role
Tries to pacify a demanding and perfidious king
His peace shatteed when King Charles turns up looking for sanctuary
Posted to a backwater to recuperate from a hard fought war
Makes a decision to resign from the army (1647)
Rigid. Brave in battle. Always obeys orders. Honest. Not quite up to the demands of his job. A jobsworth. Nice but Dull.