by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Hollywood continues to struggle with representing stories from the many different perspectives found in our ever-changing world. Fortunately, the recent box office slate has offered narratives through the eyes of one of the most historically underrepresented voices in film – women. Women of varying ages, ethnicities, and
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Scientists and Futurists continue to debate the role that artificial intelligence will play in our future. Will we see technologically-crafted beings that are indistinguishable from humans? Will they eventually overcome us and force us into their servitude? Storytelling on the screen has long been concerned with the
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) It’s summertime. Perhaps not officially until June 20 at 6:34 AM, but for all intents and purposes, the warmest season is upon us. Most schools have let out. The temperature has started to rise, and movie studios have begun unleashing their most high-budget, high concept projects. There
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Many writers realize later in life that they should have paid more attention in high school. One of the most significant subjects you might have slept through was Greek mythology. Knowing the classic tales that have undergirded Western culture is actually one of the most powerful tools
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) (SPOILERS AHEAD! Big ones for The Danish Girl and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and some very minor ones for Joy and The Revenant) No one gets out of here alive. While it sounds like a
by Angela Bourassa I walk into the conference hall at about 8:50 – the first lecture is supposed to start at 9:00 – and almost every seat is already taken. Two hundred or so attendants chatter in subdued voices, set up their laptops, get out their notepads, and cradle their
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Robert McKee has become synonymous with the word “story.” He is the most sought after screenwriting lecturer in the world. A Fulbright scholar, his students
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) At some point in their career, many writers will decide to work outside the traditional method of telling a story about a single protagonist on a journey. This can turn into a wild monster that gets away from the writer, causing them to chase their stories down
Whatever story you want to tell, tell it at the right size.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.