About David

David Baboulene is a published author, filmmaker, story consultant, and Ph.D. academic of story theory. His research has provably shifted the cutting edge of narrative theory from a focus on structuralism to an approach based on evolutionary psychology – factors such as knowledge gaps and subtext – that cause stories to exist and to have such power.

“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 discussing story theory with Bob Gale – writer/producer of Back to the Future.

David is one of the first highly qualified story consultants to also have published works of fiction and film deals for his own stories. (See the full list of published works here.)

He has also studied stories back to pre-biblical and Greek times, classical literature as well as talking to big names in contemporary story-telling, including:

  • Lee Child (20 million Jack Reacher novels sold);
  • John Sullivan (Only Fools and Horses; Just Good Friends; Citizen Smith…);
  • Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Blood Brothers, Shirley Valentine…);
  • Mark Williams (The Harry Potter films; 101 Dalmatians; Shakespeare in Love…)
  • Bob Gale (Back to the Future trilogy);

and many others (These conversations feature in The Story Book (2010).

“David Baboulene is truly a master when it comes to the science behind storytelling.”
Craig Hinde (Director).

In addition to dozens of story consultancy credits, David has written four books on the subject of story theory: The Story Book (2010); Story Theory (2014); A Constructivist Narratology (2018); and the upcoming masterwork The Primary Colours of Story (2018) — a ground-breaking new approach to understanding story. This project is the product of his life’s work in story.

“David Baboulene – a Story Ninja” (Nick Wild, Writer/Director) 

David’s doctoral research proved that the power of every story lies in how a story resonates with a human mind. Writers must work with knowledge gaps and subtext to trigger a psychological response. The Primary Colours of Story encapsulates his ground-breaking approach to narrative which is revolutionising the way stories are understood, evaluated and developed.

“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 and PERRY SCHAFFER, Scriptwriters)