Creating a Monster Protagonist (video essay)

Patrick (H) Wilems has been thinking a lot about monsters. In this video essay, he discusses how to create a monster protagonist. Taking us on a journey across the spectrum of film monsters, from Frankenstein to The Blob, Willems illustrates what makes one of cinema’s most successful monsters–King Kong–stand out as a fully formed protagonist: a clear, well-written character arc that establishes empathy, allowing audiences to emotionally invest in his plight.



video essay by Patrick (H) Willems