Robert Mckee says ""Dimension means contradiction: either within deep character (guilt-ridden ambition) or between characterization and deep character (a charming thief). These contradictions must be consistent. "
" In essence, the protagonist creates the rest of the cast. All other characters are in a story first and foremost because of the relationship they strike to the protagonist and the way each helps to delineate the dimensions of the protagonist's complex nature. Imagine a cast as a kind of solar system with the protagonist as the sun, supporting roles as planets around the sun, bit players as satellites around the planets—all held in
orbit by the gravitational pull of the star at the center, each pulling at the tides of the others' natures...
Character A, for example, provokes the protagonist's sadness and cynicism, while Character B brings out his witty, hopeful side. Character C inspires his loving and courageous emotions, while Character D forces him first to cower in fear, then to strike out in fury. The creation and design of characters A, B, C, and D is dictated by the needs of the protagonist. They are what they are principally to make clear and believable, through action and reaction, the complexity of the central role."
Dramatica sees four dimensions as necessary to flesh out a character. (motivation, purpose, methodology, evaluation)
Which is the better/easier approach? Can we use the two methods simultaneously?
Mckee's cast design
Dramatica - Character Dimensions