Wall-E and Toy Story Screenwriter Andrew Stanton Reveals the Clues to A Great Story
‘Storytelling is joke-telling. It’s knowing your punch line, your ending, knowing that everything you’re saying from the first sentence to the last is leading to a singular goal, and ideally confirming some truth that depends our understanding of who we are as human beings.’
Screenwriter/Director Andrew Stanton gave an interesting TED talk (yes, TED again) about storytelling, using his personal life in reversed chronology to share how he discovered and understood storytelling, and used it in his career.
Stanton gives a lot of information, from storytelling 101 you might have heard a million time to new hindsight (for me at least).
And when it comes to mastering the complex art of storytelling, listening again to good advise can’t hurt, and nobody expressing twice an idea the same way, every talk, article, book, conversation, is really an opportunity to trigger another part of your brain.
Here are five highlights (but there’s many more to it):
* Give a promise that the story about to be told is worth the audience time
* The Audience wants to work for their meal, they just don’t want to know that they’re doing that. Your job as a storyteller is to hide the fact that you’re making them work for their meal.
* Stories are inevitable if they are good, but they are not predictable.
* Create Anticipation, make the audience want to know what is going to happen next and how it will all conclude in the long term.
* The Secret Ingredient: Can you evoke wonder? It can’t be artificially invoked.
thanks to Moving Picture