49 episodes

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.

You Are a Storyteller Belief Agency

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 84 Ratings

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.

    How Structure Makes a Story Effective | You Are a Storyteller

    How Structure Makes a Story Effective | You Are a Storyteller

    Why do stories need structure to be successful? Learn how structure, especially when done simply, can be incredibly effective. Tap the link in our bio to watch this week's episode of “You Are a Storyteller.”

    • 59 min
    Masters of the Craft: J. Elvis Weinstein on Creating a Compelling Story

    Masters of the Craft: J. Elvis Weinstein on Creating a Compelling Story

    In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” author and screenwriter Brian McDonald is joined by writer, director, and comedian J. Elvis Weinstein—a founding member of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” a writer/producer of the NBC show “Freaks and Geeks,” and director of the new documentary “Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be?” J. Elvis shares how his early start on the comic circuit influenced his writing—and how he creates a compelling story without artifice.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Masters of the Craft: Jim Uhls on Proving Truth Through Story

    Masters of the Craft: Jim Uhls on Proving Truth Through Story

    In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” author and screenwriter Brian McDonald is joined by screenwriter Jim Uhls, the writer of Fight Club and Jumper. Jim shares why his goal in writing is to “demonstrate something with a truism”—and how he knows he’s succeeded.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    How Learning from the Past Can Serve Today’s Storytellers and Filmmakers | You Are a Storyteller

    How Learning from the Past Can Serve Today’s Storytellers and Filmmakers | You Are a Storyteller

    In this episode, Brian and Jesse discuss why “old” films are still so powerful—and what contemporary creators can learn from them.

    • 59 min
    Masters of the Craft: Al Higgins on the Five Core Components Every Scene Must Have

    Masters of the Craft: Al Higgins on the Five Core Components Every Scene Must Have

    In this episode of “Masters of the Craft,” author and screenwriter Brian McDonald is joined by television producer and writer Al Higgins, known for hit shows like “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Mike & Molly,” and “The Kominsky Method.” Al shares what it takes to tell truthful stories in surprising ways and the five elements every successful scene must include.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Why Circular Stories Work

    Why Circular Stories Work

    In this episode, Brian and Jesse discuss why stories that work follow a circular rhythm. Just like the seasons or circle of life, the best stories follow a natural loop, fulfilling humans’ inherent desire for closure.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

HRJFletcher ,

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.

Ben Kruis ,

Storytelling Brilliancy

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.

Boston Bravenec ,

Pure genius

Mr. McDonald is the un song da Vinci of storytelling. If you have ears listen.

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