Christopher Ernest Vogler
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: Mythic Structure for Writers has helped to shape the way people in movies, TV, computer games 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. A native of St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Vogler served as a U.S. Air Force officer and made documentary films on the military space program before doing graduate work at the University of Southern California film school. He started work in the film industry as a story analyst for Twentieth Century Fox and went on to work for most of the major studios. As part of the animation story staff at Disney he influenced the scripts of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Hercules. 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. He was executive producer on Steve Guttenberg’s directing debut, P.S. Your Cat is Dead, and he wrote the screenplay for the German-French animated feature Jester Till. 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, David O. Russell’s The Fighter, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. 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 Productions.