A Conversation with Duncan Falconer, Writer of STRATTON 

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Duncan Falconer wrote the novel series that the film, Stratton, is based upon.  Falconer spent his formative years in the British Royal Marines before being selected to serve as a commando in the Special Boat Service. Directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and starring Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Need for Speed), and Connie... Continue Reading →

Facing The Birth of a Nation

An Honest Conversation About the Film, the Storytelling, and the Controversy by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) This week, audiences will finally get to see for themselves what all the talk has been about when The Birth of A Nation finally hits theaters. The power of the film, Oscar-worthy performances, and the personal lives of the creators have... Continue Reading →

7 Story Secrets from Netflix

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 crash the Emmy awards. It’s... Continue Reading →

5 Characters to Kill in Your Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There’s been a tremendous amount of discussion about killing characters this week, as HBO revealed whether a key character on Game of Thrones was actually dead or alive. The discussion had merit, as HBO, and especially Game of Thrones, has a habit of killing off significant characters in their narratives. Obviously, any... Continue Reading →

3 Secrets Your Character Must Keep to Survive

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) In an age where everything about everybody somehow finds it’s way online, what we manage to keep to ourselves has become more and more difficult. Secrets are a universal human characteristic. We’ve all had one. We’ve all let one slip. Creating realistic characters requires creating their secrets as well. But secrets can... Continue Reading →

4 Ways Animals Can Improve Your Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The relationship between animals and storytelling goes back to the very beginning. The narratives of early humans were often about the animals they hunted, the animals they feared, and the animals they worshipped. It’s not surprising that the initial days of storytelling through film are filled with connections to animals as well.... Continue Reading →

Hamlet, Mad Men, and Universals in Storytelling: An Interview with Robert McKee – Part I

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) [Robert McKee will be holding his world-famous STORY seminar in Los Angeles October 9-11, 2015. For more information, including registration, visit mckeestory.com] 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 have included over 60 Academy... Continue Reading →

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