About Instructor Michael Lucker
Michael is a writer, director, producer and creative consultant with twenty years experience creating film, television, animation and digital media. He has worked in production for ABC, NBC, CBS and HBO before becoming assistant to Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment on feature films Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Arachnophobia, Joe Vs. The Volcano, Always, Back To The Future ll & lll and Jurassic Park. He went onto work in creative affairs at Hollywood Pictures, helping develop the movies Crimson Tide, Terminal Velocity, Taking Care of Business and Straight Talk.
Michael has penned over twenty feature screenplays for studios such as Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox and Universal, including Vampire in Brooklyn, Home On the Range and Spirit, which won the Academy Award in 2002 as best animated feature. He also served as screenwriter on the animated sequels to Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Emperor’s New Groove and 101 Dalmatians.
An opportunity to consult for Turner Entertainment took him home to Atlanta in 2007. Michael went on to develop multiple television projects with such companies as Encyclomedia, Shed Media Group and Crazy Legs Productions before launching his own production company, Lucky Dog Filmworks. His network writing, directing and producing credits now include Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, DIY, History Channel, MSNBC, Travel Channel, Discovery, Weather Chanel, NBC and TBS.
Since his return Michael has lectured at various colleges throughout the southeast including Emory University, Clark University, Morehouse College, Georgia State University and the Creative Circus. He also served as screenwriting mentor for the Atlanta Film Festival, Southeastern Writer’s Conference, Georgia Writer’s Association, and Atlanta Writer’s Club, discovering a passion for teaching he never knew he had. Thus, “Screenwriter School” was born, an entertaining and educational lecture series where Michael shares his wit and wisdom of life in the trenches with aspiring writers throughout the southeast.