David Baboulene Ph.D. 

Author. Scriptwriter. Producer. Story Consultant. Academic. 

I have devoted my life to the study and creation of stories. I get excited by new stories and aspiring writers, and I love to help creatives make stories the best they can possibly be

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I'll write this in the third person, so it seems like it's someone else.

OK! Deep breath. Here we go!

Profession

David is a founder/owner/director of DreamEngine Media (publishing, training and production) and a producer and head of Story for Skylark Vision Productions.

David received a Ph.D. in Story Theory (2017) for his original research into narrative theory (2017). He has since been applying it and refining the tools and methods for story expertise he teaches now, based on the power of knowledge gaps and subtext.

Achievements

David's first deal was for two novels, Ocean Boulevard (2004) and Jumping Ships (2006). Both books received film deals in Hollywood, sparking an interest for David in the differences in story dynamics between books and films. He began a 10-year research programme, generating a ground-breaking new theory of narrative wrapped in a Ph.D. thesis, and five books on the subject including his best seller: The Story Book (2010) and his career-defining masterwork: The Primary Colours of Story (2020) and his journey through a film development process in the book (and accompanying film!) Bella (2021).

In addition to his ten published works, David is the story consultant or writer on more than 50 books, film and television productions. Authors he has helped include Kerri Cuevas (Deadly Kisses, 2013); Kris Mole (Gatecrashing Europe, 2014); Steve Askham's Life's a Peach! (2021) and the novelisation of Marc Zammit's hit movie, Homeless Ashes (Amazon Prime, 2020).

On the movie side, David is a film producer and head of story for the production company Skylark Vision, with a current slate of around ten films and television series in production including the upcoming feature, TinMan (Patrick Ryder's homage to classic Spielberg eighties family adventures), Craig Hynde's puzzle movie, Witch (2024) and the sequel, Unravel (in development); Sitting Under the Chestnut Tree (in development) starring R.J. Mitte (Breaking Bad; Hannah Montana) and his biggest budget blockbuster to date - The Fashion Queen, with some huge names we are not yet allowed to announce (watch this space!). He is also working on two television series: Torelands (Marc Zammit); and The Grand Euthanasia Hotel, based on the book he published, entitled Shaking Hands with Elvis, by Paul Carrol.

David's most recent broadcast work includes the multi-award winning feature film, Homeless Ashes (Amazon Prime, 2019) starring Lew Temple (Once Upon a time in Hollywood) and Maria Howell (The Hunger Games; The Color Purple...); The Oscar-qualified White Gold (2020); and the Modern Horror: Hosts (Amazon Prime, 2020). David's competition wins include Jason Wingard's Pavement (The Uncertain Kingdom, 2020); Ray Panthaki's Ernie (The Uncertain Kingdom, 2020), Vanessa Perdriau's The Widow's Last (Enter The Pitch, 2017); Carolyn Goodyear's IMDb Script-to-Screen Winner HomeWreckers (2020); and of course, David's own Mere Mortals, winner of the Euroscript Film Story Competition.

He has also written and produced his own film from scratch, Bella (2021) - a story without conflict, dialogue or a 'bad guy' - which you can follow through the entire development process and then watch in the members' area.

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A Little Name-Dropping...

In creating the knowledge gap theory of story, David kept things grounded in the real world through conversations with famous names on what they think made story work for them. Including:

  From Books: LEE CHILD (The Jack Reacher series). 

  From Film: BOB GALE (The Back to the Future trilogy). 

  From Theatre: WILLY RUSSELL (Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers...)

  From Television: JOHN SULLIVAN (Only Fools and Horses; Citizen Smith...) 

  From Acting: MARK WILLIAMS (101 Dalmations; The Harry Potter films...)

You can find these conversations - and more - in The Story Book. For a complete listing of David's credits, please refer to the IMDb, where he is, above all, ridiculously proud to be the one and only credited 'Narratologist' on the entire Internet Movie Database (for his work on the independent feature: Homeless Ashes - 2019 - Amazon Prime Video)

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David in action!

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What Writers say about David

"David Baboulene’s insights into storytelling have been hugely helpful to our production. His in-depth understanding of plot, character motivation, and his theory of the ‘knowledge gap’ are both illuminating and valuable."
Gillan Williams Producer: Hosts (2020), Exit Plan (2016), Feed Me (2022)
"David has a unique approach to writing that includes the vital ingredient – marketing. Gone is the traditional do-it-yourself attitude. David shows you how to be complete, step-by-step, from the outset. I now have a contract for my thriller trilogy. Success is unlocked when David turns the key."
Ray C. Doyle Author: Lara's Secret
"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 Scriptwriter: Hello Joe
"David's research can benefit every writer on the planet. Once you have learnt David's revolutionary approach, you will find the proof of it in every single story you ever hear, read or watch, ever again, and you will never write in quite the same way again. David’s discoveries are a game changer for writers."
Kris Mole Author : Gatecrashing Europe
David’s love and understanding of story has elevated many of my scripts which have subsequently gone on to be produced and win awards. He’s a fantastic story consultant – encouraging and full of good ideas. I can’t imagine ever writing a script without asking David to read it."
Carolyn Goodyear: Multi-Award Winning Scriptwriter
"David has been invaluable in my story development. He has improved my screenwriting immensely, and has given me the tools I need to write the best possible stories."
Cheryl Neve: Writer/Director
"Meeting David was an epiphany for me. It did take me a month or two to fully grasp his advice, but when it did sink in and I started to write again, I just felt so much freer and infinitely more creative. My book is now complete, and I am so, so proud of it. I am now sitting here looking at two contracts to publish."
Steve Askham: Author: Life's a Peach! (2022)
"Uncertain Kingdom (2020) The insight that David brought to our project was invaluable. David was able to turn our script that was a compelling story attracting initial interest into a page turner of a screenplay. He is creatively inspiring while maintaining a kind, collaborative humility that should not be underestimated. Thank you so much David."
Hannah Stevenson Producer - Eaten by Lions (2019)
"Writer Story is based on the psychology in the conversation between an author and an audience. David brings the world genuinely new tools and methods that give you an objective and measurable understanding of how good your story is and clarity in how to improve it. Highly recommended."
Alex Marx:
"Author Every session provided another ‘eureka moment’ for me; another sudden insight into ways to improve my stories and find direction for me as a writer."
Lauraine Faulkner
"David's work can benefit every writer on the planet. A game changer for writers."
Kris Mole: Author Gatecrashing Europe
"Everyone who works in story industries needs to know what David Baboulene knows."
Alex Marx: Actor/Writer
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The Offer of a Lifetime

The StoryPower Masterclasses

The thing that lights me up in life is helping aspiring writers discover more about their stories, develop their potential, get a deal and bring that story to life. It's sooo wonderful. So this entire website is really me being selfish: Finding writers I can work with who have stories, and are willing to put some work into getting themselves up there.

So I'm not going to put you through some sales funnel or marketing spin. If you've been on the site even a few minutes, you'll know if this is right for you, so if you are one of those people, let's get stuck straight into how we can start working together.

This is my best offer, OK? This is cutting to the chase so I can give you my entire, Godfather of an offer straight off the bat, and we can get cracking with you and your stories!