David Baboulene, PhD

Narrative Theorist, Story Consultant
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David is a story consultant on dozens of film and television productions including the multi-award winning feature Homeless Ashes (2019) and the Oscar-nominated 2020 film White Gold. He has also written nine books, including his career-defining masterwork: The Primary Colours of Story (2020). He has a PhD for his original research into narrative theory and speaks internationally on how stories get their power to grip and intrigue a human mind.

www.baboulene.com

Feedback from David’s Seminars

‘Every session provided a “eureka moment” for me; another sudden insight into ways to improve my stories and find direction for me as a writer.’
(Anonymous)

‘Receiving a publishing deal was a dream turned reality. In my acknowledgement page is written: David Baboulene: I did it, and you are a heck of a teacher!’
(Kerri Cuevas, Author Deadly Kisses, 2013)

‘David Baboulene is truly a master when it comes to the science behind storytelling.’
(Craig Hinde, Producer/Director)

‘David’s approach to story really gets under the bonnet of your specific narrative, rather than relying on tired old structural dictates. Highly recommended!’
(Alex Marx, Scriptwriter)

‘We cannot recommend David Baboulene highly enough. His insights and expertise on story creation have been invaluable, helping us get the script of Hallo Joe to the point where we’ve sold the option and look forward to full production.’
(Mark Halliley & Perry Schaffer, Scriptwriters)

‘David Baboulene is The Story Ninja!’
(Nick Wild, Writer/Director)

More information

David Baboulene, PhD is appearing at the following sessions:

The Primary Colours of Story 1: Knowledge Gaps and Subtext

The Primary Colours of Story 1: Knowledge Gaps and Subtext

A story is a conversation between a writer and an audience. A writer encodes using knowledge gaps. The audience decodes using subtext. That, right there, is the substance of every story ever made.

The Primary Colours of Story 2: Character

The Primary Colours of Story 2: Character

The writer’s principle means of generating story magic in the mind of the reader or viewer is through the choices made by compelling characters. In this session, you will discover the six questions you should ask each of your characters.

The Primary Colours of Story 3: The Role of the Audience

The Primary Colours of Story 3: The Role of the Audience

Ultimately, a story is built in the the audience’s imagination. They do all the important work long after the writer is gone and forgotten. Understanding how your story provokes the audience’s mind is both the magic of story and the key to great writing.