Michael Lucker began his career writing and directing television commercials while earning his undergraduate degree in broadcasting and film at Boston University's College of Communication. Soon after, he landed in Los Angeles, working in production for ABC, NBC, and CBS before taking a job as Steven Spielberg's assistant at Amblin Entertainment on the feature films Always, Arachnophobia, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He served in creative affairs on feature films at Hollywood Pictures before embarking on a career as a screenwriter, helping pen screenplays for Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, and Universal, including Vampire in Brooklyn, Home on the Range, Mulan II, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which was nominated for a "Best Animated Feature" Academy Award in 2003. An opportunity to serve as creative consultant to Turner Entertainment took him to Atlanta, where he launched his own production company, Lucky Dog Filmworks, which now serves as his home for creating film, television, and commercial content. In television, Lucker has worked with Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Travel Channel, History Channel, Discovery, NBC, TBS, TNT, TLC, OWN, DIY, MSNBC, and A&E. A renowned instructor in screenwriting, Lucker presently serves as screenwriting mentor for the Atlanta Film Festival, founder of the Atlanta-based Screenwriter School, and professor of screenwriting at Emory University.
A fun, insightful insider’s look at the nuts and bolts of writing action movies, from concept to completion, by a professional screenwriter and professor of screenwriting. Full of witty anecdotes from the front lines (and tricks of the trade from between the lines), Crash! Boom! Bang! promises an enjoyable and educational read for writers and students of all levels. Although bullets and bloodshed abound in cinema, the lessons within will benefit screenwriters of all kinds of movies.