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.

Stephen Chbosky: Feeling Alone, Journeys Toward Truth, and Refusing to Romanticize Pain

Stephen Chbosky: Feeling Alone, Journeys Toward Truth, and Refusing to Romanticize Pain

"I'm not interested in people’s pain; I'm interested in their salvation. I'm not interested in their isolation; I'm interested in their catharsis." - Stephen Chbosky

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6 min read

True Heroes, LEGOs, and Bad Scripts: An Interview with Robert McKee – Part II

True Heroes, LEGOs, and Bad Scripts: An Interview with Robert McKee – Part II

John Bucher continues the discussion on story’s past, present, and future with Robert McKee.

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5 min read

Knowing When It's Too Soon

Knowing When It's Too Soon

"Where the humor comes out of is not from the tragedy itself, but how we react to it. It's probably sad to say, but this documentary might have relevance for a very long time because there's always going to be a tragedy to deal with." - Nick Scown

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6 min read

Tough Choices and Following Your Dreams: Experiencing Siân Heder’s CODA

Tough Choices and Following Your Dreams: Experiencing Siân Heder’s CODA

A significant challenge for many writers can be to center a story within a community that they, themselves, are not a part of. Siân Heder acknowledges the challenge and how she navigated it.

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7 min read

How Director Nick Hamm Found John DeLorean’s Story in Driven

How Director Nick Hamm Found John DeLorean’s Story in Driven

Nick Hamm's Driven is a fast-paced, comedic crime thriller of a bromance gone wrong between John DeLorean, played by Lee Pace, and Jim Hoffman, played by Jason Sudeikis.

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6 min read

Having Something to Say - A Look at "9 Days" and the Work of Edson Oda

Having Something to Say - A Look at "9 Days" and the Work of Edson Oda

I learned that if you write something from your heart, even if you think it's ridiculous, someone who reads it or sees it or watches it could be affected by it. Then you both might not feel so alone.

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5 min read

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."

# Read # Sight & Storytelling # Interview
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
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