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.
Masters of the Craft: Carl Gottlieb on Crafting Scripts That Come Alive
In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” Brian is joined by screenwriter, actor, and comedian Carl Gottlieb, co-writer of “Jaws” and its first two sequels. Carl shares how “serving time in the improv trenches” made for better writing—and some secrets he learned in the writing room that helped him craft scripts that come alive.
Denying The Ego | You Are A Storyteller
In this episode, Brian and Jesse discuss how ego gets in the way of the real purpose of storytelling: to help people. When we’re rooted in ego, either because we want to be noticed or because we’re afraid of being vulnerable, we serve ourselves instead of others—and sabotage our message to boot.
Masters of the Craft: Ronnie del Carmen on Producing Empathetic Work
In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” Brian is joined by director and writer Ronnie del Carmen, who received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay on Pixar’s animated smash hit, “Inside Out.” Ronnie shares his journey as an artist and talks about the mystical—and often painful—processes creatives face to produce empathetic work that resonates across audiences.
Masters of the Craft: Claire Keane on the Power of Curiosity
In this episode, Brian is joined by visual development artist and illustrator Claire Keane, whose work is showcased in the beloved films Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, Tangled, and Enchanted. In addition to illustrating a number of children’s books, Claire is also the author and illustrator of the children’s books “Once Upon A Cloud” and “Little Big Girl.”
Brian and Claire chat about the power of curiosity, how creatives develop consistent personal styles, and how she used her own experiences and observations of the people around her to develop the character of Rapunzel.
Good Stories Last Forever | You Are A Storyteller
In this episode, Brian and Jesse explore the cyclical nature of stories, and how the classics of yesterday are fodder for the new ideas of today. From “The Ugly Duckling” to “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and “Star Trek” to “Moby Dick,” ingesting stories that have stood the test of time will help you use those stories to navigate your life and to become a better storyteller.
Masters of the Craft: Frank Oz on Trusting Your Instincts
In this episode, Brian is joined by director, producer, actor, and legendary puppeteer Frank Oz. Frank is known for performing such iconic characters as Yoda, Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, and Grover, and for directing movies such as “The Indian in the Cupboard,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Death at a Funeral,” and the captivating off-Broadway one-man stage show, “In & Of Itself.”
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Masterclasses in storytelling
Every episode is like getting a free masterclass in storytelling! Brian McDonald is a generous, funny, and astute speaker, teacher, and interviewer. Every episode is a gem. Sometimes it helps to listen once just for enjoyment and then a second time for taking notes. I recommend this podcast to every writer (no matter what genre and what kind of writing) I know!
A powerful companion to Brian McDonald’s writings
Brian McDonald’s many profound writings on story, character, and art are further expanded in this wonderful podcast. I hope more are coming! Thank you Brian for sharing your vision and clarity!