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June 13, 2012

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Emma Coats, a Pixar storyboard artist has shared twenty-two rules of storytelling that she has compiled during her time at the animation powerhouse. (Thanks to io9 for posting the list.) The rules are:

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

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

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#8: Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

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June 13, 2012

Quote of the Day: Jean-Luc Godard

I’ve always wanted, basically, to do research in the form of a spectacle.