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Crime dramas are exciting by nature. Who did it? How? Why?
Have you ever thought about how you could create your own crime drama? It’s easier than you might think – crime dramas follow patterns, just take a look!
Crime dramas focus on hero people who commit, investigate, or punish crimes like homicide, robbery, and assault. They’re usually set in a capital or in another well-known city with a high crime rate – which makes it easier for the audience to recognise!
These stories tend to follow common themes that make it easy to build your own crime drama.
Setting the Scene
Choose Your Plot Device
This is the narrative used to advance the story plot.
- Personal Drama. A focus on work or personal issues.
- Mysteries or Enigmas. Something for the main character to solve.
- Red Herrings. You thought you figured it out but it was just a distraction!
- Suspense. What will happen next? Stay tuned!
Choose Your Individual Locations
Extra locations for dramatic shots.
- Police Cars
- Police Stations
- Victims’ Houses
- Forensic Labs
- Law Courts
- Policemen’s Houses
What will your crime drama focus on?
- Innocence and guilt debates
- Mystery resolution
- Questions of morality
- Power struggles within the justice system
Can’t Live Without
Don’t forget some basics!
- Teamwork for success
- Bureaucracy struggles
- Conflict between different police forces
- Plot twists
- Dramatic music
Choose a Binary Opposite
- Good and evil
- Chaos and order
- Power and vulnerability
- Justice and injustice
- Police and criminal
Choose Your Characters
The Main Characters
- The Victim. Sympathetic and often innocent.
- The Hero. A character of relative integrity from a police force: the crime solvers.
- The Villain. Typically a criminal who tries to stop the hero in their quest.
Who is Your Crime Solver?
- The Brilliant Genius. Everything comes easy – they are true geniuses.
- The Grumpy Detective. Often world-weary, they seem to have the weight of the world on their shoulders.
- The Crooked Police Officer. He will do what needs to be done, for a price.
- The Troubled Police Officer. Troubled past makes for a troubled day-to-day life.
- The Anti-Hero Police Officer. Could have easily chosen a life of crime, but does good in the police force.
- The Hero. Good, moral, courageous. A hero has it all.
- The Heroine. Outstanding, courageous, and noble. A heroine always saves the day.
- The Rookie. Doesn’t have a lot of experience but they sure are eager to learn.
- The Sidekick. They’re important, honestly. Even a main character needs help.
- The Eponymous Hero. So important that the show is named after them.
….Now Choose Their Personality Defect:
- Gambling Addiction. They just can’t stop gambling.
- Failed Marriage. Maybe they’re a Grumpy Detective or simply love their job too much.
- Alcoholism or Smoking. Their job is stressful, they often have one too many glasses or too many cigarettes. Or both.
Choose Your Criminal
- The Transient Character. Good for a short villain story, easily caught.
- The Antagonist. Extremely clever, an Antagonist is a worthy adversary.
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