Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

These are a few simple points that we could use to question ourselves to see if we’re on the right path.

  • Know your ending, your punchline.
  • Make me care.
  • Don’t give the audience 4, give them 2+2. The unifying theory of 2+2.
  • Every character is driven by an itch that they need to scratch, the spine of their character that drives them. It doesn’t always drive them to make the correct decisions.
  • Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.
  • Have you constructed uncertainty? Have you made me want to know what will happen next?
  • A strong theme is always running through a well told story e.g. identity in Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Can you create wonder in your audience?
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