Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft uses the film The Big Chill to break down the anatomy of a scene and story that introduces multiple characters of an ensemble cast. He uses three questions as a guide for the discussion:
- What is the moment of characterization?
- What does this tell about the character?
- How is this used for drama later?
Read the full article here: How to Introduce Ensemble Characters
Side note: The Big Chill has a fantastic soundtrack. If you’ve never heard it, it certainly worth the listen.