We don’t just value great stories, we value great writers. We want to give everyone on this planet a voice. And the very best way for anyone to share what they feel is by writing a complete story.
The more complete the story, the greater its reach and the more impact that story will have on the world—regardless of ethnicity or background.
We want to help you move the world.
Narrative First provides world-class Story Coaching for individuals, professionals, and businesses. Screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, directors, executive producers, and game developers turn to Narrative First when they want a story that works—and a story that lasts.
In addition to coaching, we built Subtext—a story outlining app that makes it possible for writers everywhere to take advantage of the latest advancements in story theory.
James R. Hull is a professional screenwriter & story consultant with over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry. Whether as a writer, director, storyboard artist, or character animator, James has always sought to improve the quality of storytelling. His credits include writing & storyboarding for the legendary Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones, and animating for Walt Disney Feature Animation on Tarzan and Enchanted. At Dreamworks Animation he animated on 14 different films, including Shrek 2 and How to Train Your Dragon. For Walt Disney Imagineering, James developed animation for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in Florida and the Enchanted Storybook Castle in Shanghai. At Dreamworks Television, he directed several episodes of The Adventures of Puss in Boots.
The company he founded and runs as CNO (Chief Narrative Officer), Narrative First (narrativefirst.com), provides writers and producers the knowledge and expertise needed to craft deeply meaningful and complete stories. By integrating the revolutionary Dramatica® theory of story into every project, James and his team assure a solid story structure that amplifies the Author’s truest intent. Narrative First’s track record of proven success speaks for itself: clients have yet to receive a single studio note questioning the integrity of their narratives.
James’ most recent collaborations include developing Disney’s animated television series Tangled: Before Ever After, an upcoming young adult book series from Avatar: The Last Airbender creator Mike DiMartino, the animated feature Monday Night ROAR!!! with the WWE, and The Greatcoats series and The Spellslingers series for acclaimed novelist Sebastien de Castell. From novels to plays, screenplays to television series, James’ body of work celebrates one common purpose: tell a great and lasting story.
Jim can be found @jameshull on Twitter.
Summer is the co-creator of Deliberate Storytelling and a sometimes Story Analyst for Narrative First. We say sometimes because many of the insights—particularly those backed by a more holistic and experiential account of a story—emanate from her unique perspective.
If you’ve seen Big Eyes, Jim is basically Christoph Waltz painting over Summer’s name in many of the analyses.
With her holistic perspective, Summer can rapidly connect relationships between people, place, things, and events—an essential tool for effective storytelling. Her personal life experiences naturally inspired her to become a writer and the analytical artist she is today. Her influence flows throughout the work here at Narrative First.
John is a writer and story artist with over ten years of experience in the entertainment industry. Earning a degree in Film and Animation from CalArts, his professional credits have included the Emmy Award winning series “COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey,” Disney’s “DuckTales” and “Legend of the Three Caballeros,” and work on over five feature films, “Smallfoot”, “LEGO Ninjago”, “LEGO 2” and the upcoming Scooby-Doo and “Space Jam 2” movies.
Currently working for Warner Bros. Feature Animation (WAG), John moonlights as a story consultant and editor, and is busy preparing his next two novels for publication.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children and questionably sane dog, Charley.
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