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Corey Rosen is a visual effects artist, writer, storytelling coach and actor who has been involved in the production of dozens of movies, including multiple Star Wars films, Mission Impossible, A Christmas Carol and Ted. Corey has also hosted over 100 live storytelling events for The Moth Radio Hour since he won the Bay area’s first Moth StorySlam in 2014. He also performs improv at BATS Bayfront Theater in San Francisco. Corey has written and directed television commercials and Emmy-winning short films. In addition, Corey has written for Comedy Central, Jim Henson Productions and Lucas Film and currently serves as a creative director at Tippett Studio and is an on-air personality for Alice Radio’s “The Sarah and Vinnie Show.” Corey also coaches individuals and companies to teach them how to be a more effective communicators and storytellers. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1994 with a B.A. in Radio, TV and Film. 


  • What is the difference between being a visual effects artist rather than a special effects artist (5:00)
  • Why you shouldn’t be able to tell if there are visual effects in a movie (8:27)
  • What a visual effects artist/producer does (9:30)
  • How an interest in puppetry birthed Corey’s career (12:02)
  • How cleaning film motivated Corey to advance in his field (16:24)
  • Why Corey values storytelling so much (21:36)
  • What makes a great story (24:49)
  • What the “Ken Adam’s story spine” is (27:01)
  • Why adding the fact he played golf to his resume was critical to his getting his first job in the entertainment industry (35:20)
  • How Corey overcame feeling like an imposter in his work (38:26)
  • What odd object Corey collects (43:01)

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