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Pixar, originally called the Graphics Group, made its start as the computer division of Lucasfilm in 1979. Almost a decade later, the company received funding from Apple and Steve Jobs, and was able to branch out on its own.

Today, Pixar has created 16 feature films, and is regarded at the top of its field in not only animation, but storytelling. They've got it down to an art.


These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coates, Pixar's story artist.
To see more of her awesome tweets, click here.

1. You admire a character more for TRYING than for their successes.

2. You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to AN AUDIENCE, not what's fun to do as a writer.
They can be very different.

3. Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about until 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.

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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