100 thoughts on “Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

  1. The most profound and thoughtful and well constructed class in story writing I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen any of the Pixar films but his remarks on story construction are profound and universal. They apply to all story, from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, Or To Kill a Mickingnird, Steinbeck’s East of Eden, from Wuthering Heights and Rebecca to Casablanca, Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, The Godfather, All good novels and films have these themes and structure running through them. This is deep and very impactful – a lot to think about and use.

  2. I kind of wondering why Andrew wants to give a TED talks. Because of the economic model of TED conference, every single TED talkers went to stage aim to sell their product. This makes me wondering what is Andrew selling here, and it's not really obvious…

  3. Thank you very much Pixar switch villians. The movie is The Bridge Over The River Kwai. At a story and stakes level what is in pretty much every scene is The Dramatic Question. In Bridge it is "is life inherently meaningful and ordered, or not?" That's not answered until the end. Reservoir dogs"is there honor amongst thieves?" All the other stuff is guideline and mostly bunk.

  4. Stories are only meaningful within the context of an albeit extended reality that your consciousness could still relate to; hence, they may be fantastic and multidimensional, but they are nonetheless inherently confined. Transcendental confinement is at the core of a meaningful story.

  5. Storytelling is joke telling.
    1. We all love stories
    2. Make me care – give promise that will lead someone says it’s worth your time
    3. Storytelling with dialogue
    4. Make the audience put things together… give 2 + 2 … don’t give 4
    5. Drama = anticipation + uncertainty
    6. MAKE THEM THINKING
    7. Use what you know

  6. The beginning of his story reminds me of having any conversation with any man in my family. My husband is an electrician, my brother is an electrician and my step dad is a plasterer. There isn’t anywhere you can go where one of them hasn’t done some kind of work. You see that house there… you see that barn there … you see that pub there …. 🤦🏼‍♀️

  7. Make me Care.
    Give you a promise.
    Well organized absence of information that draws us in.
    Drama is anticpation mingled with uncertainty.
    Wonder.

  8. 12:10 but you don't need a love story in everything, though? It can work with some stories but it doesn't need to be hammered in everywhere. Sometimes it can actually prove as a detriment to the story

  9. Dumbest Ted talk ever. The movie clips were the only thing with substance. The only thing I'll remember from this is the gutter joke at the beginning. Dude can't even start with a tasteful joke let alone teach anybody about storywriting or life in general. Stick to the cartoons Andy.

  10. Great video. Informative. I wrote a novel, Death Bridge, a horror story, based in Daingerfield, Texas. The premise of the story is, "What if there are unexplained accidents and related tragic deaths on a bridge, and what if it keeps escalating day by day?" That idea got my story going. The novel is available on Amazon.

  11. Doctor said, "Don't worry Mam, your son Andrew will grow up to tell a filthy joke to over a million people one day. I know, I'm a doctor."

  12. for what it's worth, my tip is even after the point in the story where the viewer has had to work to put the pieces together, it can still be dangerous and counterproductive to spoon-feed the final answer afterwards out of fear that some lazy or tired viewers won't do the work, it would be like a currency has been devalued when the answers are given easily for free

  13. Many thanks for your service to humanity (Children, Adults) We enjoy your tremendous creativity, genius and hard work. God bless your heart & family Mr. Stanton.

  14. I've never seen any of those movies because they seem to have an ugly premise. I have a list similar to his, but I match each item with the rejection of that ugly premise: Focus on the powerful promise, Build anticipation, and Invoke Wonder, but don't assume a room temperature IQ for the audience. Stories that match this are my favorites.

  15. Fantastic opening, the middle was kind of saturated with facts and knowledge which could have been better explained or broken down but given the time limit he was given, he made this talk really enriching and engaging. Phenomenal ending. Nothing less to expect from one of the best story tellers in the world.

  16. it made me care when disney stole my script for finding dori.
    how about paying..? http ://theubie.com/k.htm

  17. People like to summarize TED talks, which are already too brief. Andrew Stanton has transcended his craft and inspired countless millions to create, dream and dare to envision a compassionate and caring world. I came for tips on how to write my first opus, but I took away something much more meaningful – to make that second chance we are all given mean something.

  18. Ted talks sucks. Another promotion video for plastic toys. Interrupted everynow and then by other ads.

  19. No Country for Old Men’s another superlative example of a 2+2 film, i.e. using bodily and environmental storytelling to communicate information and characterization.

  20. A Princess of Mars was far better than the John Carter film. Almost every change Stanton made to canon was a mistake. It was a poor adaptation.

  21. After watching this I’m going to add a 30 second sound effect at the end of my electronic music live set, a soundbyte that answers “who are you” with a new question that encompasses my work. Right now I’m adding the famous meme sound byte of that little boy saying “have you ever had a dream that—/-/-/—-…so much you could do anything?”

    Great talk

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  23. Great theme, we do care, like NEMO does @olgamlazin, #lazindrolga The Best stories Infuse Wander: the secret sauce is the Wander…

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