Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Check out Pixar's 22 rules of storytelling

Finding Nemo. Toy Story (and Toy Story 2 and 3). Wall-E. We're all familiar (and appropriately obsessed) with the stories Pixar has rolled out for us over the years.

Check out Pixar's 22 rules of storytelling

Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their pals plot an escape from a day-care center in this second sequel, which has visual dazzle but a familiar feel.
Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their pals plot an escape from a day-care center in this second sequel, which has visual dazzle but a familiar feel.
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Finding Nemo. Toy Story (and Toy Story 2 and 3). Wall-E. We're all familiar (and appropriately obsessed) with the stories Pixar has rolled out for us over the years. And whether it's a tale of a lost clown fish, the saga of toys that come to life when their owner leaves the room, or a robot all alone in outer space, the stories are incredibly interesting.

Perhaps more than any other films, Pixar's movies are relatable and engaging to children and adults. The themes are universal, the characters immortal. Hell, they told one of the greatest love stories ever in less than nine minutes with basically no dialogue.

And now we can all learn a little about how to create such incredible stories, thanks to Pixar's list of 22 rules of storytelling. The list was originally posted (last year) to the tubmlr of former Pixar story artist, Emma Coats, but an aggregate story popped up on Reddit's front page today. The list includes gems like:

4. Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

And:

19. Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

Honestly, this is probably the coolest thing you're going to read today. [Aerogramme Writers' Studio]

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