My family goes to see the new Pixar movie every summer right after it comes out. Adapted by The Write Practice. Here are my five favorite writing rules from Pixar:
May 09, I am a massive fan of Disney, especially Pixar! Each film is always a box office smash and they continue to be at the forefront of animation and storytelling in the movie world.
What I believe makes Pixar stand out isn't just that they have been one step ahead as far as the technology they use in their films but the incredible stories behind each one. I truly believe the approach they take towards creating stories is one that should be shared and used in the classroom.
I recently watched the film, The Pixar Storywhich tells the story of the company and that itself is a completely inspiring tale about how you should never give up and follow your dreams. There are resources online that share some of Pixar's wisdom behind the art of their storytelling.
This clip, which Pinkhev pointed my way is a great video to share with a class and use to develop stories: This would give your class a really good starting point for a story with examples from stories they will probably be very familiar with.
Then there is this- 22 rules of phenomenal storytelling by Pixar: I especially like rule 4 as a very basic story spine, which you can then build on and also links well to the video above. But most are great ideas to help improve story writing in the classroom.
As far as using Pixar films in the classroom, there are plenty of ways in which Pixar films can be used to develop writing. Look no further than the opening ten minutes from the film Up! Which could be the initial video to share with the children and compared to another similar story like Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs.
I have previously blogged about how you can use short clips from some of the Pixar films and rewrite them as works of Shakespeare! Disney Pixar films also have great soundtracks that can be used to inspire writing.
I have previously blogged about this idea and you can view it here. But here are some examples of a children's stories inspired from listening to part of the soundtrack from Finding Nemo - If you cannot see the audio controls, your browser does not support the audio element If you cannot see the audio controls, your browser does not support the audio element If you cannot see the audio controls, your browser does not support the audio element There are also some of the Pixar short films that can be used as a focus in class and inspire some fantastic writing, here are just a couple of ideas: Day and Night This Pixar short is perfect for developing descriptive writing in particular similes and metaphors!
All of the sounds and visuals in the background can be used to create similes for the actions and emotions of both characters.
Ask the children to list as many sounds they hear and objects they see and then ask them to create similes or metaphors based on this. It could be used to inspire a similar story where Hot meets Cold? A contrasting description of what is great about hot weather compared to cold or even a discussion text arguing which is better.
The Blue Umbrella Although this clip isn't the full short film, there is definitely enough here to use to inspire some great writing.
I love the idea of bringing inanimate objects to life and creating stories from a completely different perspective.
Start by discussing the text - How does the umbrella feel at the beginning? How do you know? Why does he feel this way? What helps him to escape?
What other inanimate objects come to life on his journey? How does his mood change? What is he trying to achieve? Is it a happy ending? Children could write a version of the clip or continue the story in role as the umbrella. What would be interesting with an object like an umbrella is that it only really appears when it rains.
Generally, rain is linked to a sad and miserable atmosphere, whereas umbrellas must thrive and love the rain as that is when they are most alive so to speak.
Children could choose another inanimate object to bring to life and write a story from that perspective. One final thought from Pixar, lessons to be learnt from the films picture found on twitter:Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place.
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Alternatively, find out what’s trending across all of Reddit on r/popular. Pixar story artist Emma Coats has tweeted a series of “story basics” over the past month and a half — guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories: #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
A still from Pixar's film "Brave." Pixar Ever since Pixar made its first feature-length film "Toy Story" in , it has been capturing the world's imagination with hit movies like "Monsters, Inc.," "WALL•E," and "Up." It has won 27 Oscars and brought in more than $8 billion in gross revenues.
Creators like Pixar and Walt Disney use animated movies as vehicles to address real-life phenomenons, issues, stereotypes, and norms.
22 Rules for Storytelling by Pixar. Writing; Writing Tips;. Pixar story rules (one version) Sunday, May 15, at PM Pixar story artist Emma Coats has tweeted a series of “story basics” over the past month and a half — guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on .
Each of the rules is illustrated with a corresponding scene from a Pixar movie, making for what look like motivational posters for making timeless entertainment.