The Pixar Way: How to Craft a Remarkable Story with Pete Docter

I’ve been a fan of Pixar Studios film several since I first saw “Toy Story.” The ability that Pixar has to tell an amazing story in uncanny. After that film, I started studying every Pixar movie that came out. It seemed that they had a secret storytelling sauce and they could do no wrong.

It was unheard of for any studio to keep cranking out one hit after another, year after year. Pixar Studios has released 15 feature films with 210 awards won and 211 awards nominated and counting.

I first heard of director Pete Docter when I saw one of my favorite Pixar films “Monsters, Inc.” Pete Docter work on the film was remarkable but when I saw the trailer for 2009’s “Up” I said:

“In Pixar and Pete I trust.”

SPOILER ALERT: The opening sequence of “Up“, Pete Docter compresses a lifetime of love in three minutes and without using any words. Just amazing. Most filmmakers can’t do that in a two-hour feature film.

I recently had a chance to see Pete Docter’s latest film “Inside Out” and all I can say is WOW! I see another Best Picture Oscar® this year. Just an amazing piece of storytelling. Whatever secret sauce Pete and Pixar Studios have it’s working.

Check out this amazing video on Inside Out:

Peter Docter’s Inside Out: Emotional Theory Comes Alive

When I saw this amazing hour-long interview with Pete Docter at TIFF 2015 I knew I had to share it with all of you. Even if the average independent filmmaker can grab just a few grains of Pixar storytelling magic dust to sprinkle on their film, the indie film community with be a better place. Enjoy!


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