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Feb 24 2014

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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As someone who is at the very least attempting to write books, I’m always on the hunt for good advice when it comes to composing stories (which are far more fun to write than blog posts). Pixar writes some of the most compelling stories around for all ages, so when their storyboard artist Emma Coats came out with a 22 point list about good storytelling, I was all ears.

This is from about a year ago, but I just discovered it and I assume a few aspiring writers out there haven’t seen it yet. Check it out, and see how much of it applies to Pixar movies:

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#8: Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.

#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.

#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?

#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

#22: What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.

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Feb 21 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Hey guys! Welcome to This Week In Movie Trailers!

I hope everyone had a well deserved, awesome week. I did! It was my birthday this week and it turns out that I share it with Batman. How exciting is that? Yeah, not much I know, but I need something to hold myself together during these last weeks of February. But I digress! Tons of good movies this week, surprisingly! Do I want to see them all? Let’s find out! Continue Reading »

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Feb 07 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Hey everyone! It’s that time, once again, to come aboard the trailer-train!

So, this week we are going to feature a few new trailers, but mostly we are going to focus on the Super Bowl movie previews. Some were good, some were bad, and some were beautiful. I think we should get right into, rather than complain about the weather and our crappy work week, because hey, it’s the weekend! Let’s goooooooooooo! Continue Reading »

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Jan 09 2014

The Morning Link: Movies That Would Make Great TV Shows

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“I suppose the more natural fit for Hanna would be SyFy, but after seeing the way they’ve handled everything post Battlestar Galactica, I don’t have a ton of confidence. I’d much rather see this pint-sized killing machine go through growing pains and puberty as a companion piece to the amazing Orphan Black.”

Go here to see the list.

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Jan 01 2014

Happy New Year’s!

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Hope everyone had a great/not terrible night! We’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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Dec 30 2013

The ABCs of My Web Browser

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Alright, so news has been relatively slow over this holiday break here, so I’ve been bouncing around wacky ideas that I can’t really justify. But I thought this one was sort of fun, and I hope you’ll join in with me in the comments with your own.

You see, I think your web browser can sort of paint a picture of you as a person based on your most frequented sites. I thought it would be fun to see what came up automatically in Google Chrome when I typed each letter of the alphabet, as that would be my most frequented site with that letter. By the end, I’d have an entire list, for better or worse.

So, these twenty-six are mine, and they range from the obvious and big-time to the small and random. Here are a few to get you started, and click to find the rest.

A is for Amazon, where “buy in one click”  has ruined me

B is for BeachBody, where my wife is now a coach

C is for Cracked, the internet’s king of comedy

D is for Debaucherous, because I was looking up how to spell it

E is for Expedia, which books my every flight

F is for Facebook, a weird museum of people I used to know Continue Reading »

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Dec 24 2013

Merry Christmas!

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We’ll be back soon with your regularly scheduled website. Enjoy your break if you have one!

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Dec 23 2013

The 6 Most Pointless Scenes in The Desolation of Smaug

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It’s become a cliche bit of criticism: The Hobbit movies are just too damn long.

I disagree. Don’t get me wrong; they ARE too long, but that’s more to do with the fact that the stories are horribly paced, the narrative through-line is almost non-existant, and the adaptation from book to screen has basically rendered the story as a bunch of shallow vignettes.

That’s what really kills Jackson’s latest Tolkien adaptations — not their length, but the sheer amount of superfluous scenes crammed into these things to GET to that length.

And here are 6 of the most pointless elements of this past one.

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Dec 23 2013

Five Recent Movie Trailers That Got Me Hyped

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One of the best things about watching a movie in the theatre is watching the trailers that come with the film. Whenever my friends would say that: “we won’t be late, we’ll only miss the trailers.” That’s considered a sin on my book and one way ticket to my friendship blacklist. If you also decide to walk out even before the credits ended in a Marvel movie, then that’s beyond salvageable.

I used to feel not so optimistic about movies because the trailers I’ve seen  in the past were so-so. However, I started to feel more excited about films again after seeing the latest trailers out there. Read on to know which trailers that you should check out…

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Dec 06 2013

Between the Lines: My Favorites Graphic Reads from 2013

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Sadly, I haven’t had as much time to commit to my reading – both comic- and book-related – in 2013. Things have happened both professionally and personally that have pulled me in a few different directions, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to re-focus in 2014. Maybe I’ll try to incorporate some regular comic book feedback into my weekly contributions here at Unreality Magazine, even if it’s only to offer a quick bit of wisdom on a current read or maybe a suggestion for a title I think should get more attention.

Still, I did have an awful lot of fun with a few specific titles, so much so that I wanted to feature them here in hopes that if you’re looking for a book or a trade for yourself this holiday season, these fully get a ringing endorsement from yours truly. Continue Reading »

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Dec 03 2013

The Justice League Meets The Avengers

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Artist Aaron Thompson recently came out with this vector-ish piece of art that captures what it might look like if the JLA teamed up with the Avengers. And Spider-Man. Who I assume was on The Avengers at some point in his life. Also Wolverine. Wait really? That would be a hell of an awesome movie.

Now that Disney owns every  Marvel property, how long until we start seeing SUPER crossovers with X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spidey and so on?

Below, check out the individual pieces of the picture above so you can better see the detail: Continue Reading »

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