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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.

Okay, here’s the deal: I’m getting really tired of hearing
this idea that the character of Indiana Jones doesn’t matter in the outcome of Raiders of the Lost Ark. If I remember correctly the first time
I heard this was in a piece written by Peter David quoting something that MarvWolfman had said to him about how Raiders
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"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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“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

“Art is not to show people who you are; it is to show people who they are.”
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