by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Best known for writing cultural blockbusters such as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Men in Black, Ed Solomon has created characters that became house-hold names and stories that are still enjoyed by audiences, long after their initial theatrical run. Most recently, Solomon worked with Steven Soderburgh
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Sometimes the most profound and powerful storytelling lessons come from real life. In the upcoming documentary, I’ll Push You, the story is built around two men trying to get from point A to point B — a classic story. Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been lifelong friends.
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, Detroit, is remarkable on a number of levels. The young men at the center of the story turn in game-changing performances. The musical score lays emotional groundwork for the audience’s journey, and Bigelow’s directing is at the top of her game. The
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) It is unfortunate that many writer’s familiarity with the classics of literature comes from film adaptations. While these movies sometimes become their own works of art, often they don’t hold up to the original written work. This has caused some writers to avoid reading the classic books
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Debate has arisen in recent years over whether summer popcorn movies actually tell good stories or simply rely on eye-popping special effects, fast-paced editing that tricks the audience into actually believing they are going on a narrative journey, and big name movie stars. Certainly a case could
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Pop culture and media historians will be examining Netflix for decades to come, trying to figure out how a company that began as a membership-based DVD rental program managed to, in a short amount of time, change the television landscape, bring chaos to the cable industry, and
by Angela Bourassa Dean Movshovitz, a screenwriter and speaker, has written a new book that delves into the secrets of Pixar’s screenwriting magic. The book, Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films, is a fun, useful read. At just 122 pages, you can digest the whole thing
by Fin Wheeler You want to make it in the creative industries, and your middle-class sense of entitlement suggests you shouldn’t let a little thing like no knowledge of linear storytelling get in your way. So, you’ve decide to become a loud and proud advocate of non-linear. While a triumph
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The entertainment industry is filled with legends about the process for casting Bill Murray in a film. It’s no secret that the comedic genius is choosy about the stories he agrees to inhabit. So what can we learn about the cinematic choices he’s made? Here are five
People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.