Pixar University, Season 3, The Art of Storytelling !

Vous avez toujours rêvé d’entrer dans les coulisses du Studio Pixar, et d’apprendre de leurs méthodes ; voici un cursus intitulé « Pixar In a Box » crée depuis trois ans par la Filiale de Disney, en collaboration avec la Khan Academy (plateforme de cours en ligne), Le programme s’enrichit cette année par une saison 3 avec des cours sur la narration : « The Art of Storytelling »….

The Essence of Writing is Rewriting !

25 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW  1. FORGING THE SWORD The first draft is basically just you flailing around and throwing up. All subsequent drafts are you taking that throw-up and molding it into shape. Except, ew, that’s gross. Hm. Okay. Let’s pretend you’re the Greek God Hephaestus, then. You throw up a lump of hot iron,…

A piece of Dialogue in a Mosaic !

According to Alfred Hitchcock, when we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise. Hitchcock portrait in a mosaïc using pictures from Psychose He used to say :  I always try first to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film in between……

L’ADN de Star Wars en 34 Images !

Alors que l’exposition Star Wars Identites vous propose de partir en quête de votre identité dans l’univers de Star Wars, à travers un parcours pédagogique autour de dix composantes : l’espèce, les gènes, les parents, la culture, les mentors, les amis, les événements de la vie, la profession, la personnalité et les valeurs ; Ces…

Artist’s perspective on life and Stories !

An artist is a man who digests his own subjective impressions and knows how to find a general objective meaning in them, and how to express them in a convincing form- Maxim Gorky Is the form of your story true to your world view? A post about congruence between the writer’s perspective on life and the…

8 Writing Tips From George RR Martin the Gardener !

I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of…

My Desolation of Smaug « rings » rating

The Desolation of Smaug story flow is really different than An Unexpected Journey, more dynamic (but too much speed as usually with the theatrical cut), and the encounter with Smaug exceeds all my expectations. I have got some disappointments regarding the too short scene in the film beginning (Hopping for a longer extended cut than the…

Five Heros and a Forgotten Beast in Watercolor !

The pitch : Five young superheroes and their teacher reside in a tree house. They band together and rescue the magical Zez from the evil General Moon. The authors and their process : the book features lush watercolor drawings, illustrated by Lucasfilm 3-D animator Alina Chau who has worked  on “Star Wars : The Clone…

Un Guide d’Écriture de toute Fraicheur !

Le quinze Octobre prochain, Jeff VanderMeer sort chez Abrams Image un guide d’écriture illustré. Il y adopte une approche originale et très visuelle, avec des dessins, des cartes, des poissons, et des exercices pour s’entraîner à créer un univers crédible et inspirant. Il a fait appel pour cela à de nombreux auteurs et illustrateurs de renom. Au regard de la…

Hitchcock Truffaut : des Secrets à l’intérieur d’une boite !

François Truffaut et Alfred Hitchcock se sont rencontrés longuement durant toute une semaine de l’été 1962, pour évoquer les films d’Hitchcock. Le livre d’entretiens qui en est issu est paru en 1966, et il est sans doute aujourd’hui encore le livre de cinéma le plus célèbre. An ENGLISH article is availlable HERE and you can listen…

How to Build Chapter Breakdowns !

You want to know how to determines your chapter breaks? How do you handle point of view shifts, scene-sequel balance, and other considerations when you’re carving your stories into chapters ? Listen the Writing Excuses Podcast tips & tricks with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells & Howard Tayler ! Dan starts with a discussion of the point of view (POV)…

A Reader’s Manifesto for Writers !

16 Expectations Every Reader Has, extracted from Lisa Cron’s Wired For Story : The reader expects that everything in a story is there strictly on a need-to-know basis, even the weather. The reader expects to feel something, all the time. The reader expects to feel what the protagonist feels. The reader expects that the protagonist will want something, and…

How Writing Affects the Brain !

Alice Flaherty, a writer and neuroscientist, wrote The Midnight Disease, a book on a condition called hypergraphia, or the uncontrollable urge to write (though many writers find themselves suffering from the opposite condition, the dreaded “writer’s block.”) And Lisa Cron’s Wired For Story examines the evolutionary basis for storytelling and how it can help modern scribes create effective narratives : Every engaging…

Orwellian challenge of Showing, not Telling !

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), whose pen name was George Orwell, wrote two dystopian classics, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. These books are so impactful, than the author’s name has actually become a true English adjective . . . Orwell’s goal is “the scrapping of every word or idiom which has outworn its usefulness. It has…

How to Write a Damn Good Dance Scene !

Introduction : a dance scene is more about the conversation the characters are having through the medium of the action. The physical actions of your characters are really just another form of expression, like a secondary conversation, underlying the primary verbal conversation. The most important thing to figure out is what the characters’ intentions are…

7 Tips From Ernest Hemingway !

HOW TO WRITE FICTION 1: To get started, write one true sentence. Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer’s block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes: Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze…

10 Screenwriting Tips From JAWS !

JAWS STORY MECHANISM 1) Bonus points if your character’s fear is the opposite of his goal – Whatever your character’s goal is, make his fear the opposite of that. Here, Brody’s goal is to keep the people safe. Every step he takes is for the express purpose of keeping everyone safe, and his last option is to kill the shark. Therefore, his…

The Expanded Scene Breakdown !

The Expanded Scene Breakdown is a 20 to 40+ page point by point, step by step, scene by scene outline of the entire screenplay in prose form using dialogue, character development, action, etc. The Expanded Scene Breakdown is an essential way to see the entire story before you reach the screenplay stage, as plotting is…

Andrew Stanton’s Rules For Writing A Great Story !

“The greatest story commandment is: Make me care.” “A well told promise is like a pebble being pulled back in a slingshot.” “Make audience put things together, don’t give four, give them two plus two.” “Main characters have a spine.“ “An itch/Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.“ “A main character has to be likable.“ “A…

Pixar story rules

Quelques règles d’écriture pratiquées chez Pixar… rien que du bon sens pour la plupart. #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. #3: Trying for…