Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling

Next Monday, January 25, my popular one-week online Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling class begins. I know there are a lot of fans of Pixar out there, but even those of you who may not know that much about their films, the simple fact they have produced 15 movies which have hit #1 at the box office and generated worldwide revenues of nearly $10 billion should get your creative juices flowing.

Pixar’s success is unprecedented in the history of Hollywood and one big reason for it is their absolute commitment to writing the best stories possible which begs the question:

How do they do that?

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I have studied Pixar movies for years. Plus I have read everything I can get my hands on about their creative process, interviewed, and talked with numerous people who work with Pixar or have written for them. This course represents my take on their approach to crafting a story and key storytelling principles which appear over and over in their movies. The seven lecture topics are:

1. The Secret of Storytelling

2. Small Story / Substantial Saga

3. Special Subculture

4. Strange Sojourners

5. Separation

6. Sentimentality

7. Surprise

These are storytelling principles you can use for all types of stories: screenplays, TV, novels, short stories. Why? Because Pixar taps into universal narrative themes and dynamics.

Plus the course features most of the Pixar scripts, tons of background articles, audio and video clips, all in all a deep immersion into their story universe.

I’m thrilled to have the chance to dig into these ideas that have been evolving in my brain over the years as I tracked Pixar, so I hope you can join me starting Monday. For more information, you may go here.

I look forward to going to infinity and beyond with you next week!

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