"If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to […] 'Invisible Ink'."

— Andrew Stanton (cowriter of Toy Story 1, 2, and 3,
cowriter/director of Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and John Carter)


What is Invisible Ink?

"There is no art which does not conceal a still greater art."

— Percival Wilde

Invisible ink is the writing below the surface of the words — the invisible components of writing. Through his books and lectures Brian McDonald teaches students to observe and apply the hidden structural elements found in classic films and stories.

Understanding the principles of Invisible Ink helps students tap into their natural storytelling abilities thus helping them tell more effective stories.

Who is Brian McDonald?

Brian McDonald is an award-winning writer/director/producer who has worked in film, television and comic books for more than 25 years. His award-winning short film White Face was sold to HBO and Cinemax and is used in corporations nation-wide as a diversity-training tool. A sought after instructor and consultant, McDonald has taught story construction at Pixar, Disney Feature Animation and Lucasfilm’s ILM.

McDonald scripted Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead, the first Hellboy spin-off comic book, as well as Lost in Space and Predator – Strange Roux for Dark Horse Comics. He has also directed spots for Visa and a segment for MTV’s $5 Cover and has written for A&E’s Hoarders.

McDonald is the author of the books Invisible Ink, The Golden Theme and the forthcoming books Freeman and Ink Spots. His book Invisible Ink is quickly becoming required reading for film students.