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Memo From the Story Department offers a battery of story-generating engines and story-improving tools, and reliable methods tested on hundreds of Hollywood productions. It goes far beyond the standard advice given in most screenwriting manuals. Drawn from sources as varied as vaudeville, classical Greek comedies, and Russian fairy tales, the book outlines a series of practical templates for creating believable characters and emotionally satisfying plots.
Christopher Vogler is the top story analyst and consultant for major Hollywood studios and talent, advising on projects as varied as The Lion King and Fight Club. He wrote the script for the animated feature Jester Till and the story for a Japanese-style manga comic, Ravenskull. He was executive producer of the feature film P.S. Your Cat is Dead and has worked recently on projects for Will Smith, Helen Hunt, Roland Emmerich, and Darren Aronofsky. He travels widely to lecture about mythic structure. With Michael Hauge he produced the instructional DVD The Hero’s Two Journeys. His book The Writer’s Journey has been translated into ten languages and is one of the top-selling screenwriting manuals in the world.
David McKenna is a stage director, acting coach, voice-over artist, and film professor at Columbia University and Barnard College. He is an expert on the films of Clint Eastwood and film genres including horror, westerns, and war movies. His influential classes on screenwriting have stimulated a generation of young filmmakers and writers.
Vogler and McKenna follow up their THE WRITER'S JOURNEY with another essential book for any writer, MEMO FROM THE STORY DEPT.
I know a book is good and useful when, after I've finished reading it, I flip back through its chapters and see dogeared pages and underlined passages throughout.
Whenever I get one of these books to read - I automatically take all the information and apply it to the current script I'm writing or have just written.
Christopher Vogler is one of the most astute minds among us when it comes to writing of any form. Here, with Memo from the Story Department -- Vogler and David McKenna give the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matthew McCue
I am a massive fan of Chris Vogler's book, The Writer's Journey, so I was excited to read his book, Memo From The Story Department: Secrets of Structure and Character. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jen Grisanti
Every once in a while a book about 'story' - how and why a story works (or doesn't) - hits the mark. This is that book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Deborah Boone
OK, this book is kind of a condensation of The Writer's Journey which is itself a condensation of The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Read morePublished 9 months ago by PStJTT
This book contains several pieces of good helpful information that I haven't seen elsewhere. That makes it worth the price of admission. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AMY PETERSON
After reading The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, it was hard to imagine that author Christopher Vogler had left any stone uncovered. Read morePublished 16 months ago by thewritersjourney
I didn't think Voglar could get better than The Writers Journey but this book proved me wrong. This is an amazing addition to that book and why is this the first time I'm hearing... Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Celeste Thoms
I know a book is good and useful when, after I've finished reading it, I flip back through its chapters and see dogeared pages and underlined passages throughout. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by ToddK
This book consists of short chapters that are a variety of of takes on story, characters, and scene. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Paige Turner