In You Are a Storyteller, Belief founder and executive creative director, Jesse Bryan, and chief storyteller, Brian McDonald, discuss the elements that make for a good story. Listen as they analyze classic films, talk through the nuance of structure, stress the importance of the armature, and cover things like outer boundaries and the dark night of the soul.
Why Three-Act Structure Matters | You Are a Storyteller
In this episode, Brian and Jesse break down the essential components of three-act story structure. You’ll learn why all three acts are imperative, how well constructed stories mark the difference between entertainment and impact, and why “choose your own adventure” tales will never change your life.
This episode was recorded on January 26, 2022.
Masters of the Craft: John Arcudi on Conflict, Complexity, and Tapping Into the Universal Experience
In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” Brian is joined by comic book writer John Arcudi, who’s written for DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics and is currently working on Two Moons, a series from Image Comics. John shares why stories that focus on the smallest possible conflict are often the most interesting, and how truth and complexity are key to creating captivating stories.
The Land of the Dead and Its Use in Stories | You Are a Storyteller
In this episode, Brian and Jesse deep dive into the ten-year journey of crystallizing Brian’s newly released non-fiction graphic novel Land of the Dead. Together, they investigate ancient storytelling’s tradition of venturing to the underworld, the framework for what’s encountered there, and why facing life’s universal pain is essential for leaving your audience transformed.
Graphic Policy: https://bookshop.org/p/books/land-of-the-dead-lessons-from-the-underworld-on-storytelling-and-living-brian-mcdonald/18246299?ean=9781626727311
Masters of the Craft: Gene Luen Yang on Crafting Stories With Emotion
In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” author and screenwriter Brian McDonald is joined by cartoonist and lecturer Gene Luen Yang, author of the award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese. Brian and Gene talk about what it’s like to pursue a career in the comic industry as a person of color—and how truly feeling the emotions of their characters makes for better storytelling.
Masters Of The Craft: Jenn Ely On The Power Of Inclusion In The Industry
In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” Brian is joined by Jenn Ely, a freelance illustrator and production designer known for her work on “The Boxtrolls,” “The Shivering Truth,” and upcoming Netflix films “Wendell and Wild” and “Pinocchio.” Jenn shares why she believes in risking rejection to acquire knowledge—and chats with Brian about the state of gender and racial inclusion in the industry.
How to Keep Going After Getting Shot Down | You Are a Storyteller
In this episode, Brian and Jesse go deeper into Brian’s experience trying to break into the comic and film industries, touching on perseverance, disappointment, diversity, and what it takes to keep going. For anyone feeling discouraged about reaching their creative goals, this one’s for you.
Helping Me Grow as a Trendforecaster
I am a trendforecaster. This podcast was recommended by member of my design team. Brian’s podcast has changed the way myself and my team approach research and tell the story of emerging trends. The stories we are now telling are empathetic, thoughtful and meaningful.
On a personal note, I love his knowledge of Disney animation. It’s great knowing there’s someone who is just as nerdy as I am about it.
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Brian McDonald and this podcast/YouTube channel has been absolutely instrumental in my growth as a storyteller. I am forever grateful! This is my go-to podcast for all things story, writing, and filmmaking.