(Warning! This TED video contains explicit language. Just one word to be exact, and it's part of a joke he's telling in the beginning.)
You know I love anything related to Pixar, so my countenance brightened when I found Andrew Stanton on TED. He's the writer and director of Finding Nemo and Wall-E (one of my absolute favorites, especially because this movie debuted on my birthday).
Some notes I took from this vid:
- "Storytelling is joke-telling."
- Stories are meant to offer you some truth that deepens and affirm who we are, and gives us meaning.
- "There isn't anyone you can't learn to love once you've heard their story."
- Every filmgoer (or someone listening to a story) has this itch: "Make me care."
- A good story gives you a promise that something's going to happen.
- The audience doesn't know this, but they honestly want to work hard for their meal. Give them 2+2 instead of 4 ("The Unifying Theory of 2+2").
- Every story and character needs a spine: The itch the character wants to scratch, the unconscious desire that drives the story.
- "Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty." Will we ever find Nemo in this vast ocean?