10 Tips From Brad Bird (Pixar) About Story Building and Telling
Pixar is known for it’s quality storytelling and taking what was once seen as “kid animation” to a universal level, and Bird’s work falls right into that category.
Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. selected extracts of audio where Bird talks about his view on Animation and storytelling, and created a tasteful video that you can -and should- watch below, intercutting between Bird’s wisdom and scenes illustrating his thoughts.
Here is my selection from the video:
- Recognise the value of teasing, don’t rush your action sequence.
- A good filmmaker slows down, there’s pleasure to be had in the sneaking around part.
- Jump deep into the story right where your characters are going to have problems.
- You cannot force ideas to come; every idea comes in its own way.
- If you try to over control the process, you limit the process.
- Don’t over light things, there’s beauty in darkness.
- If you defy gravity because it’s animation, you’ll have a hard time convincing the audience your characters can be in danger.
- It’s important for the audience to realise that, just like real life, there can be consequences and costs to actions.
- Animation is not a genre, it’s an Art form. It can be any genre, and it doesn’t do one thing.
- Try to take people to the state of how things feel rather than how things are.
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