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", applies the ancient patterns of myth to modern story-telling. It has helped to shape the way people in movies, TV, and publishing think about stories and is required reading at many film schools and literature programs
Vogler has influenced the screenplays of movies from THE LION KING to FIGHT CLUB to THE THIN RED LINE and continues to collaborate with top screenwriters and directors.
A native of St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Missouri's 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 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 themes and story structure of THE LION KING, ALADDIN, HERCULES, MULAN and FANTASIA. He currently serves as a consultant to DreamWorks and Universal's Illumination Entertainment division.
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.
Now he is an independent consultant, working on films such as Roland Emmerich's 10,000 BC, Will Smith's HANCOCK, I AM LEGEND, and the KARATE KID remake, Helen Hunt's directorial debut THEN SHE FOUND ME, Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER, and the Academy Award-nominated THE FIGHTER.
Vogler has developed a consulting business for corporate clients including Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, and the Swarovski crystal company. He advises companies on how to use mythic storytelling techniques to enhance brand awareness and loyalty.
Vogler teaches international workshops for clients such as the European Union's Media Business School, the national film schools of Denmark and Australia, Dan Kook University's film school in Seoul, Korea, Italy's RAI-TV, and the Documentary Campus Masterschool in Europe.
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.
Recently he wrote the first installment of RAVENSKULL, a Japanese-style manga or graphic novel. He was the executive producer of the feature film P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD and screenwriter of the animated feature JESTER TILL.
He was recently working on MEN IN BLACK III .