Writing Stories for Humans - Michael Arndt

I love storytelling. 

For those that don't know, in my off time, I've been studying story structure (going on about two years now), trying to understand how to make solid stories.  Why do certain stories resonate, and some fall flat?  I've read a LOT, and I've learned a LOT.  I still have a long way to go though, but I feel like I'm a little closer now to understanding the mystery.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I also love two other things: Pixar movies, and Star Wars. 

I love Pixar, because most of their stories are so well structured, timeless, and, well, FUN.  I have a lot of fun watching them.  Most of them also feel sincere and heartfelt.  They are stories that we can all identify and relate to on a very basic human level.

I love Star Wars for the same reason.  Not the prequels now (that's another topic), I'm talking about STAR WARS.  The 1977 original.  Timeless, relatable, sincere, fun...and a theme that speaks to the human spirit in all of us (about the human spirit for that matter too).  I love the other two episodes as well, and I'm way too excited for Episode VII (holy crap, yes) - ahem - but again, that's another topic.

Well, in addition to showcasing my illustration and visual storytelling work, I also want to use this blog as a way to talk about story, and all that I'm reading and learning.  First and foremost, I want to share with you guys the single best piece of storytelling help I have received.  It has aided me immensely in the telling of my own tales, and I hope it will help you too.

Michael Arndt - Beginnings: Setting a Story in Motion.

This little presentation is located on the Toy Story 3 special features disc.  As an example of setting up a character-based story that causes an audience to emotionally connect with a character, it can't be beat.  Michael is a true pro (heck, he helped write Episode VII), and he's deconstructed what makes Pixar films tick.  If you want to write stories that resonate with other humans, do yourself a favor, and check this little video out!

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