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Christopher Vogler

Hero's Journey story consultant
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Christopher Vogler is a veteran story consultant for major Hollywood film companies and a respected teacher of filmmakers and writers around the globe. His book “The Writer’s Journey”, applying the ancient patterns of myth to modern story-telling, has helped to shape the way people in movies, TV, and publishing think about stories and is required reading at many film schools and literature programs. He has influenced the screenplays of movies from ‘The Lion King’ to ‘Fight Club’ to ‘The Thin Red Line’ and most recently wrote the first installment of ‘Ravenskull’, a Japanese-style manga or graphic novel. He was the executive producer of the feature film ‘P.S. Your Cat Is Dead’ and writer of the animated feature ‘Jester Till’.

Vogler was part of the animation story staff at Disney while ‘The Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Hercules’, and ‘Mu-Lan’ were being developed. Legal comparisons and story research were among his duties at Disney and other studios.

His book “The Writer’s Journey” grew out of a short memo he wrote while at Disney, pointing out the usefulness of Joseph Campbell’s concept of the “Hero’s Journey”. The memo was influential and became part of Hollywood story lore, while the book is a standard text for literature students and storytellers in all media.

In 1995 Vogler joined the Fox 2000 unit at 20th Century Fox and became a development executive, working on ‘Courage Under Fire’, ‘Volcano’, ‘Anna And The King’, ‘Fight Club’ and ‘The Thin Red Line’. Recently he has consulted on films such as ‘10,000 BC’, ‘Hancock’, ‘I Am Legend’, Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Wrestler’, the ‘Karate Kid’ remake, Helen Hunt’s directorial debut ‘Then She Found Me’, and most recently, ‘The Fighter’.

His latest book, co-written with Columbia University film professor David McKenna, is “MEMO FROM THE STORY DEPARTMENT: Secrets of Structure and Character”, published by Michael Wiese Production.