Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Won Oscar for LMS and he should be on the shortlist for nomination for TS-3
Writes a draft for LMS in three days (story / characters in head for a long time)
Rewrites for a year
No one is interested in the script...for five years
The intelligence / foresight of Pixar - they pick him up for Toy Story 3 before the film (Little Miss Sunshine) was made. They read LMS and go for the guy right on. It's amazing when you think about it - a studio that has brilliant writers, they pick-up an amateur. When you see / hear Arndt, you know...he isn't a schmuck.
Taught myself screenwriting for 10 yrs
Easier to have your script read than write
Top writers have more unproduced scripts than produced
Never send a rough script; the best / complete it can be
Best case scenario: 90% failure rate - realistic way to look
Love your characters; No. 1 commitment for screenwriter
Do it for the pleasure of it
You can jump at chapters (below the video)
Monday, July 5, 2010
:: 6 Tips from Toy Story 3′s Michael Arndt
:: Interview with Lee Unkrich and Darla Anderson
:: Where the Toy Story 3 trash bag idea originated
:: Toy Story: "The overarching story is about change"
:: How Pixar built Toy Story 3
:: The development of the Toy Story saga
Friday, July 2, 2010
As usual...super writing. And then - Pixar process at work. Try seeing it...
I haven't seen many flicks this year...been a coward like before...but this one's the best of the year.
Interesting / 'correct' things it does with respect to important aspects of story-telling (this is in the technical realm):
- Is there a clear 'want'?
- Is there an inner 'need' for the protagonist?
- Do we care for characters?
- Are there themes flowing across?
- Is the ending satisfying / fulfilling. Does it affect you emotionally?
- Is the opposition / conflict built in with clarity and in multiple dimensions - inner and outer?
- Importantly: does it make it easy for the protagonist/team to overcome obstacles?
[Personally, that's pretty tough to do; a bane of indian films - resolve things comfortably. But check this one out. Note 'Woody's' escape from the day-care center in the beginning; they can make him walk out any time and it wouldn't be much of an issue, but how they play around with that! Yeah...you wont get it unless you see it.]
As i always feel about such works, it's a pity that people don't go for such flicks. Maybe prejudice, maybe lack of promotion / hype, but...such films take you on a journey and that is very satisfying; you don't know how the time goes by since you are so engrossed by the progression of the story.
This IS tough. Not a joke. Not a kid's place. No cuteness saves a story.
As Pixar believes: takes 10 man years to do a story. Interestingly, they never ever go for a sequel unless they are sold on by a story, which I believe refers to - solid theme at play.
I wasn't too sold over by the 3-D bit; this would have worked as great, perhaps better, as 2-D; at least for me wearing those glasses for two hours can be an effort.
If you can take out time, though it would be out of plexes pretty soon, check it out; you may end up having a nice time. Even come out wondering - boy...where are my toys?
[Max Rating ****]
[Viewed at Fun Cinemas, Bangalore with Bhumika, 6.30 pm show. Great to see kids around who enjoy such stuff.]