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UNG professor authors book on action movies

Michael Lucker, professor of film and digital media at UNG, releases his book on June 1.

Michael Lucker, professor of film and digital media at the University of North Georgia (UNG), is a professional screenwriter who has written a book titled "Crash! Boom! Bang! How to Write Action Movies."

The novel gives readers an inside look at the fundamentals and details of writing action movies. It features many of Lucker's firsthand accounts of the profession as well as tricks of the trade, which are sure to benefit writers of all kind.

As well as being a writer, director and producer, Lucker has over 20 years of experience in creating films, television, animation, and digital media.

"Crash! Boom! Bang! is chock full of so much of what I’ve learned working, not only as a professional screenwriter in Hollywood, but as a professor of screenwriting in Atlanta," said Lucker. "I’m excited to share the book with our students at UNG knowing that the lessons within will help provide them with the skills they need to tell great stories, the knowledge to succeed in the film industry and the belief they can achieve their dreams."

Lucker earned his undergraduate degree in broadcasting and film from Boston University. After graduation, he worked as an assistant to Steven Spielberg on films such as "Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade," "Back to the Future II & III" and "Jurassic Park" before becoming a screenwriter. He later helped pen more than 20 feature screenplays including the animated sequels to Disney's "Mulan," "Lilo & Stitch," "Emperor’s New Groove," "101 Dalmatians," and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 as Best Animated Feature.

His book will be available on June 1.

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