John Bucher

John Bucher is a writer and mythologist based out of Los Angeles. He has worked with companies including the Joseph Campbell Foundation, HBO, DC Comics, and A24 Films.

The Conflicted Protagonist

The Conflicted Protagonist

While few characters will hold appeal for every audience member, John Bucher shares approaches to flawed characters that decrease the chances of alienating your audience in the process.

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4 min read

Infinite Reincarnations: One Story’s Mythical Journey from the Page to the Screen

Infinite Reincarnations: One Story’s Mythical Journey from the Page to the Screen

The life of a novelist is a very solitary endeavor. You engage the blank page on your own ... But in order for it to become a commercial product that is going to reach a wider audience, there has to be collaboration there.

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8 min read

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

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

John Bucher discusses story’s past, present, and future with the man who literally wrote the book on the subject: Robert McKee.

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9 min read

Author of 'The Reincarnationist Papers,' Eric Maikranz, Discusses Trusting Your Readers

Author of 'The Reincarnationist Papers,' Eric Maikranz, Discusses Trusting Your Readers

I didn’t talk about that because I was terrified that any artistic input that I might say … would end up diverting the course of this script one or two degrees from its true North and then it ends up in a deal that doesn’t get done.

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1 min read

The Origin Story of Screenwriter Ian Shorr and His New Film, "Infinite"

The Origin Story of Screenwriter Ian Shorr and His New Film, "Infinite"

"If you want to get better odds of selling a spec, write a role that could change a movie star’s life." - Ian Shorr

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1 min read

NY Times Bestseller and Comic Writer Jim Krueger

NY Times Bestseller and Comic Writer Jim Krueger

“When I go back ... I lied a lot. That was the beginning of my storytelling career."

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1 min read

Mark Steven Johnson, Writer of Finding Steve McQueen, on Identity and Layered Characters

Mark Steven Johnson, Writer of Finding Steve McQueen, on Identity and Layered Characters

Mark Steven Johnson stepped behind the lens to direct Finding Steve McQueen, the true story of a gang of Ohio bank robbers that attempted to steal $30 million from President Richard Nixon’s secret illegal fund.

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6 min read

Creating 'The Water Man': An Interview with Emma Needell on How Passion Gets Things Made

Creating 'The Water Man': An Interview with Emma Needell on How Passion Gets Things Made

"I cannot stress enough the power of passion, when it comes to getting these things made."

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6 min read

The Burdens Your Characters Bear

The Burdens Your Characters Bear

One of the key insights for crafting characters that feel real is determining what weighs on their mind as they go about their day – their burdens.

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3 min read

Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker Tomm Moore: Mythology, Storytelling and Animation

Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker Tomm Moore: Mythology, Storytelling and Animation

"Animation is so close to the language of dreams, and the language of dreams is so close to the language of mythology."

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1 min read

SKIN: Guy Nattiv on the Journey from Oscar-Winning Short to Feature

SKIN: Guy Nattiv on the Journey from Oscar-Winning Short to Feature

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guy Nattiv sat down with LA Screenwriter’s John Bucher to discuss the process that lead to his film getting made as well as his own creative practice.

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4 min read

Q&A: Fundamental Principles of Story Setups and Payoffs

Q&A: Fundamental Principles of Story Setups and Payoffs

One of the most vital yet least discussed aspects of effective storytelling is the ability to execute potent setups and payoffs.

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3 min read

Sun, Moon, and Stars: Using Astronomical Symbols in Your Story

Sun, Moon, and Stars: Using Astronomical Symbols in Your Story

There are perhaps no other elements used more often in these early stories than the celestial bodies people saw when they stared into the sky.

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3 min read

This is Not a Drill: Learning to Value the Precious Art of Practice

This is Not a Drill: Learning to Value the Precious Art of Practice

I felt like a different person. I had grown as a writer. I had grown as an artist.

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6 min read

Sex and Love Addiction: Charlene deGuzman on Unlovable

Sex and Love Addiction: Charlene deGuzman on Unlovable

Only the bravest writers dare to share their difficulties, embarrassments, and addictions with their audiences. Charlene deGuzman is just such a brave writer.

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5 min read
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