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Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar's Greatest Films

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Pixar Storytelling is about effective storytelling rules based on Pixar’s greatest films. The book consists of ten chapters, each of which explores an aspect of storytelling that Pixar excels at. Learn what Pixar’s core story ideas all have in common, how they create compelling, moving conflict and what makes their films’ resolutions so emotionally satisfying. The book ...more
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Published October 4th 2015 by Bloop Animation
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Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing, reference
A concise guide to the heart of storytelling with profuse examples from the Pixar catalog.
Nguyên ngộ ngộ
Chọn ý tưởng:

1. Nhân vật càng giãy giụa vùng an toàn, thì càng nhiều chuyện để kể

2. Những "vết rạn": vết rạn về mặt tinh thần lại là thứ tạo nên phần người trong ta, và chúng là chìa khóa khiến các nhân vật trở nên thuyết phục hơn. Pixar thực sự là bậc thầy trong việc đặt các nhân vật vào bối cảnh tồi tệ nhất.

Xây dựng các nhân vật:

3. Để các nhân vật có thể in dấu ấn sâu đậm trong lòng khán giả, thì họ cần một niềm đam mê đặc biệt với thứ gì đó.

4. Mối quan tâm của nhân vật chính phải xuất phát
Moayad Taibah
The book sticks exactly to its sub-title and delivers Pixar's way of storytelling. Nothing more nothing less.

Dean goes through the different elements of storytelling using Pixar's filmography as examples of how these movies adopted them. From setting the world and the push that would take the protagonist in his/her journey to building the characters, conflicts, and compelling endings.

My only gripe about this book is that it really sticks to how Pixar used these elements to build their movies and
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great overview of common patters among Pixar movies. The author does a great job at explaining why those strategies work.

The book gives advice on how to start creating a compelling story and the roles of the characters and the universe.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads a bit like a classroom essay. Focus is on explaining why Pixar storytelling is so effective. 100% about writing and crafting themes; nothing on animation techniques, character design, etc. This book makes me want to rewatch Pixar movies with my new perspective.
Monica Peters
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book to help me with my XR productions. It's a must read for VR producers that wants to integrate great Narratives into their VR experiences.
Helen Guo
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it weird to be moved by a book about storytelling

I didn’t expect this book to be emotionally charging. But I understand why now. Good storytelling is good because it’s anchored on life, and about our deepest fear, struggles, and what might come out of it.
Quang Nguyen Dinh
Đọc cũng được. Nhưng xem phim Pixar và tự cảm nhận theo cách của mình thì thú hơn :))
Anthony Wolf
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gold dust for any storyteller, but...

Pixar Storytelling was exactly what I was expecting to read. As a decades-old Disney and Pixar fan, my expectations were pretty high and they were met splendidly. This book is gold dust for any storyteller, especially if they've grown up with Disney. Doesn't matter if you're a fiction writer, a screenwriter, a playwright or anything else: there's always something to learn from Pixar.

That said, there's a reason why Dean's book doesn't deserve a full five-star
Anh Hoang
Cuốn sách có thể tóm gọn lại: nghệ thuật kể chuyện của Pixar bắt nguồn từ việc lựa chọn ý tưởng về các nhân vật có tính "người". Các nhân vật luôn bị đẩy đến hoàn cảnh khó khăn tận cùng nhưng luôn có lí tưởng sống, khát khao sống. Cốt truyện của Pixar thường có cấu trúc ba phần với khoảng 3-5 "nếp gấp" xuất phát từ chính mâu thuẫn giữa nhân vật chính diện và phản diện. Mối quan hệ của các nhân vật có thể là đối đầu, cũng có thể là quan hệ gắn bó, và các nhân vật sẽ tự tìm thấy đường đi cho mình. ...more
Paige Richards
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick breakdown of storytelling using Pixar movies as examples. (Inside Out must have been their most recent hit during this release since it recaps with that movie at the end of every chapter). A quick read for someone who may be interested in some basics of storytelling, but lacking real technical depth. I personally didn't learn anything new from it, but enjoyed reading this type of writing. It felt like a really well written research thesis.
Diego Parada Herrera
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great insight on the elements of storytelling based on Pixar films, from plot, characters, subplot, themes, world-building and more. It puts in black and white the way Pixat movies are structured and what makes them really awesome. Provides great insightful questions at the end of each chapter that can serve as an assessment on a story you are writing and can help you think differently about your stories.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book dives deep into what makes Pixar storytelling work. It's geared towards screenwriter's, but I think novelists can pick up quite a few tips from it as well. Even though every chapter ends with a checklist of questions, I wouldn't recommend this if you're looking for a how-to guide, but it's definitely a quick and interesting read.
Bút Chì
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Nếu bạn yêu những câu chuyện, tò mò về cách tạo ra một câu chuyện với một cốt truyện khác biệt cùng với hệ thống nhân vật khiến người khác phải đồng cảm, hay bạn mê mẩn những bộ phim hoạt hình của Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, vv.. mà xem đi xem lại không biết bao nhiêu lần thì đây là một cuốn sách thú vị dành cho bạn. :))))
Janne Janssens
It was interesting to learn about Pixar's methods of storytelling. This studio is truly talented in this aspect of filmmaking. And every rule of storytelling has been clarified with several examples of Pixar films.
However, the information was fairly general, so I havn't learned much new that I can apply to my work. That's why I only give it 3 stars.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
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Trevor Mazzaglia
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Should be noted that you'll need to have seen every Pixar film up to Inside Out to understand references and examples.

I really enjoyed reading about what makes some of my favorite animated characters so appealing and memorable.
Subodh Gadgil
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anatomy of effective stories

Its a superb analysis that peels many layers and reveals individual gems that made the final necklace so desirable! At one point we start realising that it's a deeper philosophy of life.
Kathleen Vincenz
Excellent analysis

The author not only knows his Pixar films, but he understands story. He puts the two together to provide great advice about how to shape your story. Very well edited too. Not a useless word.
Trent Bowditch
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Storytellers Lens

A great look into the craft behind the writing at Pixar. The examples provided work as a great guide as ways the reader may be able to improve their own writing.
Jeff Bobin
This is written for those that write movie scripts and is base on a study of Pixar movies. I found it very informative on the way they build their story scripts and an interesting read.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read. I love the variegated examples from all of Pixar's well-known films. The focus on each element -- characters, structure, theme -- made the book easy to read and reference.
晨之 金
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful when using the examples from the movies. Some parts were a little dull to follow up.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Poorly written. Very basic ideas, most left unexplored. This book is weak as it’s mostly a written summary of each individual Pixar movie.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A little book on how to write with emotional impact. This is a good, quick read with lots of great advice, focused on emotional impact and character growth.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Pixar movies made my childhood so I had to know the secrets.
Bridget Geerlings
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Happy that Ratatouille got ALL the love outta this book
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this.
Alexandra Hinrichs
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Great nuggets of inspiration, thin writing and development of ideas sometimes.
Raviteja Andhavarapu
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this could have been a really good article sized piece but stretching it made it boring.
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