Andrew Stanton on TED

via Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story | Video on


(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:

  1. "Storytelling is joke-telling."
  2. Stories are meant to offer you some truth that deepens and affirm who we are, and gives us meaning.
  3. "There isn't anyone you can't learn to love once you've heard their story."
  4. Every filmgoer (or someone listening to a story) has this itch: "Make me care."
  5. A good story gives you a promise that something's going to happen.
  6. 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").
  7. Every story and character needs a spine: The itch the character wants to scratch, the unconscious desire that drives the story.
  8. "Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty." Will we ever find Nemo in this vast ocean?
Immediately, I can see how I can apply #3 and #6 to my photography craft. I love this kinda stuff.