Video: Brian McDonald (with Warren Etheredge)

Just when I had given up all hope on finding fresh, insightful videos on screenwriting and storytelling, I got this tweet from Warren Etheridge. Well, in response to my contact request. But we’re in business!

What Is A Story?

In this interview, Brian McDonald answers Warren’s questions and the topics are just great.

If you’re a screenwriter or a filmmaker, do you have your own definition of what a story is in your view? Well, I think you should.

The discussion touches on the question whether stories should or can have a moral lesson, and at which point you may become preachy.

You’ll learn why Shakespeare is not literature and why there is nothing wrong with good structure technique.


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About the Author

Karel FG Segers

Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplayat age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international acquisition, development and production. He co-wrote Danger Close, the biggest budget Australian film of the decade, and has trained and consulted all over the world, including award-winners and Academy Award nominees. Karel ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks a handful of European languages, which he is still trying to find a use for in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this episode of The High Bar. Brian McDonald is a great guest and a very sensible voice of reason when it comes to the evolution of cinematic storytelling. I do hope to have him back on the show in conjunction with the release of his second book.

    Till then, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do YOU think? (All feedback welcome.)

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