6 Story Lessons from Spike Lee

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Film auteurs have come along less frequently since their heyday in the 1970s. However, a few storytellers have managed to remain relevant, all while writing and directing their own material, throughout the decades. Spike Lee first addressed racism and the struggles of black culture in his third feature film, Do the Right Thing.... Continue Reading →

Story Lessons from Mr. Rogers

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville’s new documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, examines the life and work of Fred Rogers, and the film seems unusually important and timely for our culture. The qualities that Rogers most valued, seemingly-forgotten principles such as kindness and respect, still occasionally receive some lip service. However,... Continue Reading →

A QUIET PLACE: 6 Story Lessons that Apply to Every Genre

This article originally appeared on Medium. It is reprinted here with permission. by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) Fair warning: there are spoilers ahead. I never go see horror movies. Never. I wait until they’re available to buy or stream, and then — only if I’m incredibly intrigued by the concept — will I watch a horror movie in the middle of the afternoon... Continue Reading →

9 Story Lessons from Beauty and the Beast

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is taking the box office by storm, as it has every time a new iteration of the story has been released. We could chalk the success up to brilliant casting, memorable music, or simply the magical wand of Mickey Mouse. But those familiar with the power of... Continue Reading →

5 Story Lessons from Bold, Layered Women

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 occupations are being seen on... Continue Reading →

5 Storytelling Lessons from Bill Murray

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 lessons in storytelling we can... Continue Reading →

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