I’m using Script Frenzy’s bootcamp for high school students. If it’s good enough for them, I figure it’s good enough for me.
One of the first things they suggest doing is completing character questionnaires for all of your characters. I think that’s a fine thing to do, but before I can do that I want to at least be able to name them.
Since it’s an origin story, I’ll be using the movie script to identify the characters I want on hand, but I’ll be adding some details that I got from the show.
Protagonist – Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer
Supporting Characters – Merrick, Buffy’s Watcher; Pike, the “bad boy”; Jennifer, Nicole, Cassandra, and Kimberly, Buffy’s friends (these names will definitely change; Joss did a great job picking the names that girls would’ve been given in the mid to late 70s, but I’ll be looking more for names girls would’ve been given in the mid to late 90s; my Buffy reboot isn’t a period piece); Jeffrey, Buffy’s boyfriend and his friends Andy & Grueller (same thing with names); Pike’s friend Benny; Joyce and Hank Summers, Buffy’s parents; Gary Murray, the school principal
Antagonists – Lothos, the Vampire King; Amilyn, his Vampire Servant (these names might change)
I won’t be completing full questionnaires for all of these characters. Over the next few to several days I will, however, be completing them for Buffy, Merrick, Pike, and Lothos. I may add others as well, but I feel like those four are crucial.
Am I leaving anybody out? Including anyone too much? Please note: I will NOT be including Dawn, so let’s just not discuss it. Dawn’s timeline is, as far as I’m concerned, an alternate timeline, certainly at any point pre-season 5. This isn’t how Buffy, Joyce, Hank, etc would remember it, with Dawn squished in. It’s how it “really” was. (“Really” being in quotes because, um, it’s how I say it really was, and I’m not actually capable of producing anything that’s genuinely canon.)