Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling

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Pixar's Rules of Storytelling22 Secrets of a Great Story Line from Animation’s Greatest Storyteller

Pixar Animation Studios, the American computer animation film studioknown for its CGI-animated feature films, knows a thing or two about how to tell a compelling story. From it’s first film, 1995’s “Toy Story” to “Monsters, Inc.” to “Finding Nemo” and it’s most recent release, “Inside Out,” the animation giant continues to create blockbusters that thrill both children and adults.

How do you create a story line that becomes an instant classic? A Pixar story artist, Emma Coats, recently tweeted a series of “story basics” learned from her work with Pixar. Below are the 22 guidelines for story and plot – Pixar’s guide to storytelling.

#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.

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