Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

TED has always been brilliant for speakers and it always has some interesting things going on, but this time, TED really did it for me with Andrew Stanton this time.

Here’s why TED said you should listen to Andrew,
Andrew Stanton wrote the first film produced entirely on a computer, Toy Story. But what made that film a classic wasn’t the history-making graphic technology — it’s the story, the heart, the characters that children around the world instantly accepted into their own lives. Stanton wrote all three Toy Story movies at Pixar Animation Studios, where he was hired in 1990 as the second animator on staff. He has two Oscars, as the writer-director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E. And as Edgar Rice Burroughs nerds, we’re breathlessly awaiting the March opening of his fantasy-adventure movie John Carter.

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It’s a great talk that really does make you think about the narrative, the subject matter and really making somewhere care for the story.
Some of the things I’ve heard before and why I have heard it before is because I’ve seen so many discussions about story and character creation from guys at Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, creatives, so on and so forth.
An inspiring and thought-provoking short speech that brings together an incredible amount of experience and knowledge from everywhere.
These are things that I will now really need to keep in my mind when thinking of animations and character building. It’s interesting to think about building a great character in a new way, that each character ‘has a spine’ as Andrew says within the talk, “an itch that they want to scratch“.

Don’t give them four; give them two plus two.” – Andrew Stanton


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