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The next of my series in occasional posts on screenwriting will be a bit more fun, I hope. It’s about names and how one chooses names for characters. What are some of your favorite names in film and why do you think they were chosen?
This is not a how to or you must do this post. There have been various ways names have been chosen by various authors. Some are specifically chosen to make some sort of comment on the characters (Jarndyce and Jarndyce, anyone, or Eliza Doolittle). But some authors pull names out of phone books or name them after their favorite short stop baseball players. In the end, the choice is yours.
I tend to choose names that comment to some degree on the character. It sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t. But with that in mind, I thought I would share some of my favorite names from movies past. Now, bear in mind, I could be mistaken and my interpretation of the purpose of the name could be terribly, terribly wrong (many people thing that Arthur Miller chose Loman for his Death of a Salesman character for low man, but he said it was a name he heard one time in an old film and he liked the sound of it). But at any rate, here I go.
Noah Cross. One of my favorite names has always been Noah Cross, the name of the villain. There are a couple of puns and ironies here. First, he is named Noah and is trying to bring a monopoly on water to Los Angeles. Then there is “no cross”, suggestion a very un-Christian like person. Continue reading