Films come at too high a cost (both financially and personally) to allow for dysfunctional stories. Going with one’s gut instincts and hoping that it will all work out in the end sets a production of the path towards a very steep cliff. Trusting the process of writing sets the stage for failure. Craft a solid blueprint–making allowances for serendipity and creativity–and then start production.

No use wasting everyone’s time on a shoddy foundation.


There can be no greater reward in life than helping someone develop a greater understanding of their own art. Writers write to express something deep inside; a better appreciation of narrative structure allows for a greater honesty of expression. We feel lucky to be a part of that.

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About the Author

Jim Hull

Jim Hull has spent the better half of two decades exploring and communicating to others all things Dramatica. In his estimation, a greater understanding of this revolutionary theory would lead to greater more meaningful storytelling. This publication, Narrative First, provides hundreds of insightful articles while his quarterly workshops at the Dramatica headquarters in Burbank, California offer both an introduction to the theory and a hands-on advanced approach to writing with Dramatica.

The first two decades of his professional career were spent animating for several different companies–Disney and Dreamworks to name a few–and he even spent time working with legendary Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones. He directed a couple episodes of Dilbert the TV show (that no one saw) and even managed to sell a treatment to Dreamworks (that probably will never see the light of day). Jim believes the animation industry and the people working in it are awesome…he just wished some of the films had better stories.

Storyteller Credits

Director, Dreamworks Television Animation (2015-)
Story Consultant, Disney Television Animation (2014-2015)
Storyboard artist, Dreamworks Animation (2011-2012)
Instructor, Story – California Institute of the Arts (2008-2014)

Animator Credits

Disney Feature Animation Special Projects (Various theme park rides), Cloudy with a Chance of a Meatballs 2, The Croods, Madagascar 3, Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2, Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 2, Bee Movie, Enchanted, Over the Hedge, Madagascar, Shrek 2, Sinbad, Spirit, Dilbert, Tarzan, Hercules, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas

Jim can be found @jameshull on Twitter.


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