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Brian McDonald has taught his story seminar at PIXAR, DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATIION and George Lucas' ILM. His award-winning short film WHITE FACE has run on HBO and Cinemax and is used in corporations nation-wide as a diversity-training tool.


91-year-old Stewart Stern dancing as he made his exit from a party

“I taught you to fight and to fly. What more could there be?”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Wendy

On February 2 my friend Stewart Stern died. Stewart was the legendary screenwriter of Rebel Without a Cause and the classic television movie Sybil. My guess is that you have read about his passing somewhere by now. News of his Read more of this blog post »
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Invisible Ink by Brian  McDonald
"This is quite possibly the best book on story structure that I have ever read. Clear, consise, and chock full of information for anyone interested in telling stories no matter what the medium."
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"A must read for anyone with an interest in storytelling. It really opened my eyes to it as an art and everything that I didn't notice before."
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"This book is pretty fantastic, and very accessible. I read it online for free, but will absolutely be purchasing it. It is well worth the money."
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As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling
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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the work of Rod Serling and how I respect him as a man. I can never get enough information about him and feel more connected to him than I do any other storyteller. For years now I have wanted to go see where ...more
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“Stories are the collective wisdom of everyone who has ever lived. Your job as a storyteller is not simply to entertain. Nor is it to be noticed for the way you turn a phrase. You have a very important job--one of the most important. Your job is to let people know that everyone shares their feelings--and that these feelings bind us. Your job is a healing art, and like all healers, you have a responsibility. Let people know they are not alone. You must make people understand that we are all the same.”
Brian McDonald, The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

“I will not attempt to say this better than Buddha, who said, "The practice of making others happy is based upon the clear understanding of life which is Oneness. In deep gratitude, let us realize this Oneness of all life, the heart of which is Compassion.”
Brian McDonald, The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

“Playwright August Wilson said, "To live it [life] as an artist is to be willing to face the deepest parts of yourself. To wrestle with your demons until your spirit becomes larger and larger and your demons smaller and smaller.”
Brian McDonald, The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

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