Posts tagged ‘Pixar’

August 13, 2013

Wall-E Script

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The Wall-E script was written by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon. It’s an excellent script to read if you’re trying to figure out how to write a script with very little dialogue.

July 19, 2013

Finding the Emotional Core of Your Script (and Why That’s So Important)

pixar-logoKarl Iglesias will be giving a webinar on Moday entitled Pixar’s Emotional Core: The Essential Element in all Successful Stories. (You can get a head start by reading Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling as well as the scripts for Toy Story, Toy Story 3, and Cars 2.)

The webinar sounds extremely useful, but its priced at $79, so I thought I’d see what I could learn on my own about central emotions in a script before coughing up that much cash.

In my search, I found an article on GideonsWay that discusses emotion in screenplays and in life. Our characters ultimately want the same things that all of us do, and those desires can be broken down as follows:

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July 18, 2013

Quote of the Day: Michael Arndt

Working at Pixar has been like my graduate school for screenwriting.

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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April 16, 2012

Script: Cars 2

Here is the script for Cars 2. It was written by Ben Queen from the story by John Lasseter, Brad Lewis and Dan Fogelman.