Talking About Movies and Movie Making With David Ponce

Recently, I spoke with David Ponce, marketing director for Wings, Etc. Grill and Pub. He has made a number of really neat videos for his restaurant chain at YouTube

We talked about movies we like and David mentioned a number of neat books and a website about movie story telling.

He mentioned the book, The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition by Christopher Vogler (Other books include The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers & Screenwriters Paperback – November 1, 1992 and Memo from the Story Department: Secrets of Structure and Character by Christopher Vogler and David McKenna (Jul 1, 2011) .

It was Vogler who, David said, who wrote a famous memo on story structure when he was head of the script development for Disney. See “The Memo That Started It All”.

David also showed me Vogler’s website called Storytech-Literary Consulting. There are a number of great resources on story telling. And Chris Vogler also has a great WordPress blog called Chris Vogler’s Writer’s Journey Blog which discusses the Hero’s Journey concept.

David also mentioned Michael Hague’s book, Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition: The Complete Guide to Turning Story Concepts… by Michael Hauge (Mar 15, 2011). This book, like Chris Vogler’s books, would be of interest to students of movie making, David said.

David also mentioned three trade magazines that people interested in movies might enjoy: Cinefx, Movie Maker, and Film Maker. These magazines may be available at Barnes and Noble. 

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