JOHN BUCHER

Senior Writer/Producer

SUMMARY

Driven writer and producer with over a decade of experience working in film, web-based, and digital media. Seasoned professional with hands-on skills bidding, budgeting, managing projects, editorial and post production on both domestic and international assignments for web and traditional media. Adept at working with union and non-union talent, negotiating music rights and clearances, and developing strong relationships with internal and external partners, vendors, and clients. Proven ability to define and execute a project calendar and deliver assignments on-budget. Passionate about story-telling across multiple platforms with expertise in new technologies such as AR and VR.  Named by DISRUPTOR as one of the top 25 influencers in VR to follow in 2018.


SKILLS

  • Strong writing skills with numerous professional publications for web and traditional media
  • Extensive visual storytelling experience across a variety of platforms and mediums
  • Excellent verbal and presentations skills
  • International project and production experience
  • Management of staff and complex budgets
  • Agency and client relationship management
  • Flexibility in high stress work environments

EDUCATION

  • PACIFICA GRADUATE INSTITUTE           M.A. in Mythology & Depth Psychology  
  • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO                    M.A. in Communications
  • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO                    B.A. in Communications

EXPERIENCE

  • THE LOS ANGELES FILM STUDIES CENTER . Co-Director/Instructor -  2007 to presentTeaching courses focused around story, narrative technics, writing, producing,  development, and Virtual Reality.
  • SIDESHOW MEDIA GROUP . Senior Writer/Producer/Director - 2007 to 2016 . Produced and managed creative projects ranging from web to film to comic books to VR/AR.
  • DAMAH FILM FESTIVAL . Executive Director - 2006 to 2007 . Managed programming, personnel, budget and resources for international film festival.
  • NYACK COLLEGE . Department Head/Instructor - 2005 to 2007 . Taught courses and managed adjuncts focused around story, narrative technics, scriptwriting and development.
  • THE ALLIANCE . Creative Executive Producer - 1995 to 2007 . Directed a creative staff of directors, producers, DPs, editors and graphics specialists in developing promotional and fund-raising media for the non-profit organization. Produced and directed award-winning film and video segments including on-location shoots in more than 40 countries.

PUBLICATIONS

(Books)

  • Storytelling for Virtual Reality, Focal Press/Routledge Books (2017)
  • Story By the Numbers, SSMG Press (2016)
  • Master Of The Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code For Writing in the New World of Media, Michael Weise Publications (2016)


PUBLICATIONS

(Web/Magazine)

  • MovieMaker Magazine, The Complete Guide to Making Movies 2018 - "The Best Cameras for Every Budget"
  • MovieMaker Magazine, The Complete Guide to Making Movies 2017 - "Rental House Rules"
  • MovieMaker Magazine, Summer 2016 - "The Innovators" & "There's No End in Sight"

  • LA SCREENWRITER, la-screenwriter.com, weekly column on story, readership +100K

  • HBO, watchingtheleftovers.com, more than a dozen articles promoting promoting HBO's original series The Leftovers


APPEARANCES

(Television/Podcasts)

  • Voices of VR Podcast (2018) - Guest discussing mythology of Storytelling for VR
  • The Westworld Watch (2018) - Host deconstructing the narrative, psychological, and technological aspects of the HBO original series
  • Ologies Podcast (2018) - Guest discussing mythology and technology
  • Superheroes Decoded, The History Channel (2017) - Two-part televised documentary on the history and impact of superheroes in culture. Analyzed the mythological facets of comics alongside influencers such as Stan Lee and George R.R. Martin.
  • Vertigo/DC Comics Podcast (2016) - Guest discussing mythology of Lucifer