To write a story is hard…to do an exceptional way of doing it takes a lot of talent and practice. Pixar started out as an animation studio and became the most interesting storyteller of our generation. From the first Toy Story, their films got better and better. My personal favorites are of course Finding Nemo and the Incredibles.
These set of rules are by far, the most innovative. It makes you rethink how you could write a better story with unforgettable characters who have a lot of flaws, yet came out as winners in the end. Making a story that makes one root for characters should be one of the goals of good storytelling. These protagonists and antagonists should make the readers wonder if it could be them that you are talking about. Rule #12 says it well:
"Discount the first thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself."
- FUN FACT: For Finding Nemo The Entire Pixar Staff Was Required to Learn Fish Biology (critiquethatfilm.com)
- Business Intelligence According to the Pixar Model (domo.com)
- 5 Writing Rules I’ve Learned from Pixar (wordservewatercooler.com)