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Do you remember the times, when mom used to tell the Bed time stories of Princess, Prince, Magic….? Now its your time to tell a great bedtime story to whole world. Which will open the door of new Dreamworld, where they will fall in love with every thing of that world ! So what is the great story ? What makes the great story ? Start from yourself. Which movies do you like the most? Ask the question , that what is it that makes me feel like that I MUST BE IN THIS DREAM WORLD ? But be aware that Most people generalize that what I like that must be appreciated by Audiences , and that’s the terrible mistake if you are planning any project , where you are pushing the Audience into the story , and it wont happen. And you will get criticized that “ The Story is too self indulgent where it doesn’t even care about the Audience” So are there any RULES that makes great story ? actually its creative world here are no specific protocols that must be followed but you need to be flexible in approach. ( What the heck does that mean ? Just stay with me ) Our master tells us that “Before breaking the traditional rules in this field , it is MUST that you Must learn and understand the traditional Rules , so then you will know why exactly you are breaking the rule” Lets start understanding The Rules . . . When we study the Great Animation movies , the story has something common and that’s its structure . The Story Structure ! Yes , there is frame that helps , and fits for any best movie. Its SETUP-CONFLICT-RESOLUTION SET UP : Where you slowly introduced the audience to the new world , characters , whats the characters in the story feel about the world , how they are leaving the world , what is that makes them happy , sad, excited ? Are they after something ? Are they waiting for something ? it’s the basic plot you create, where story is going to happen. Its very important and the basic part where your job is to introduced and make the impression on the audience that it’s the believable world , it has same life , same fellings as they have ! Believe me if you loose here the audience never gonna involved in the story and your story will be self involved with you ! Now further in the story you will drag audience and they refuse your call! CONFLICT: It’s the important phase too . Until now you have created the believable world , Audience is with you , they know the limitations of that new world , limitations of characters. Now its right time to challenge the characters through the situation or introducing the villain character , or whatever but the Conflict situation must be believable for audience. It will be not much difficult if
you clearly understand the your story world and the characters you are creating.
Toy Story. . . You must have seen many best movies of Best studios Like Disney. we care for the heroes. I’ll give you 3 minutes. . All Disney Movies. Don’t get excited. Kung Fu Panda . RESOLUTION: Finally its time to charge up our hero. And the character must grow.) What makes the best? Let’s find out. don’t you think that we should be prepared for this day? Start from right now. Some of us call it “Demo Reel” or “Show Reel”. Ratatouille and All (that we loved). believe me! Every year there are Global Competitions for 2 to 8 minutes short animated movies. [If you are just starting in Animation. Warner Brothers. “I wish I could help him” Are you realizing the Magic Variable? It’s our involvement… Ya “Audience Involvement” is the magic ingredient. For that we will start with First and Most important variable. tell me any date. doesn’t matter you come today. Audience Involvement comes with three Basic Parts. Kung Fu Panda. .) But will make A Magic Formula.2. (Ya this is the magic ingredient. be smart and remove the Conflict which is created in the story. (if you see in real life too we struggle . Magic Formula for Best Animation Movie Just imagine for second that I’m representative of PIXAR Studio (it feels awesome!). . you are successfully created the first phase of “SET-UP” . stretch ourselves and WE GROW. (There is no magic formula. I approach to you. Nemo. “Sir. . A bug’s Life. Think that you already have got a call and you have to prepare. or character to fight with situation . some times when shark comes we think he is coming after us. Thank You!” How does it feel? What will be your steps? Are you thinking or not? Let me tell you one thing. . then that two things you haven’t done properly and you have to work on it . they made us laugh. And all that legends. stretch themselves against there limitations.] So here is magic formula . If you have difficulties in creating the problem . this day will come. your first response will be “3 minutes. its not hypothetical situation. sometimes excited. are you kidding?” But I’m not. . You can see that in every best Animation Movie. hit me with your best. PIXAR.) So this is the BEST STORY STURTCURE FOR EVERY BEST MOVIE . after months or a year! Show me what you got? All the best. like a Secret Ingredient in Kung fu Panda. But here is the question. DreamWorks… As an audience you loved that movies don’t you? So what’s that which makes you fall in love with them? In that movies we sing with characters. Sometimes we feel. struggle with it . No matter its Toy Story.
Don’t create circus either. facial expressions and dialogs. There can exceptions too. character become alive when it moves the way it should and makes his decisions himself. you are the one who brings them to life. but they wonder that what beautiful horse is doing in story.1. for that one need not to be an expert. words and expressions. it’s very important. (The Setup – Conflict – Resolution) Always remember that “Bad story can not be survived by the Best Animation and Bad Animation can not be survived by Best story”. For holding audience it does not mean that your story should be suspense. no way! We don’t need to create forced Comedy sequence if it’s not the part of the script. it will be challenging but it’s possible. audience believe that whatever way the character moves it suppose to be moved this way. (Like wolf is mean. 2. The stupid character is stupid because his way of behaving through his actions. Let’s look at the Story part. the physiology. Story Character Emotions I know that what are you thinking. rabbit is helpless. 3. the lead character looks slight ugly but they made him Hero (awesome!) Finally Emotions. . on the stage. They are generalizations use them effectively. The most important part is that it should be like human i. the story must be entertaining and simple with traditional approach. Let me simplify. Like they have done in Shrek. There are presumptions about some animals or type of caricature already in audience’s mind. jumping… and all actions the viewer considers that they are normal (how insane is that?). it should have some human characteristics (emotions. constitute emotions of character on screen. The mean character is mean when he does. That is creating a scorpion as kind creature. whatever the animator do for walking. For Audience Involvement.e. . speaks. They don’t know it’s so much difficult to animate running horse. That makes easier for him to be with audience. behaves mean. that what about Motions then? Remember this. The personality is important part of it. Now look at the Characters. motion should be clean so that it won’t distract their common sense. how does he feel? what is his motive behind the motion? And human eye easily find faults in motion. You must find out the kind of message character wants to deliver through his emotions. physics etc). etc). And similarly most of the time people get misunderstood that Entertaining means the one which is Comic. You have to master all these skills of emotions.
7. 6. It consists three things that must be best and that are “ Good Story”. 5. Quality is great Business Plan. “Characters”. 2. 2. then usually he has thought over this particular idea for a long time . i) Regardless of whether you want to write a book. vi) Through this detachment you suddenly gain the new perspectives. Then we will decide which one you’ll realize. “ Come again when you’ve three ideas and don’t mean one good and two bad. they unnecessarily limit their options. “Emotions” and one that is hidden “Clean Motions” John Lasseter’s 7 Creative Principles Of Animation 1. Remember the First Laugh. . Fun invokes Creativity not Competition! Creative output always reflects The Person at The Top. if producer comes to me with proposal for a new project . You will be surprised how this reauirement suddenly forces you to think you hadn’t even considered before. Never come up with just One Idea.Finally at the end lets see what we have learned about Magic Ingredient “Audience Involvement” . three Good Ideas at least. THAT LIMITS HIM. 4. Its all about The Team. iii) My answer is always . And believe me there are always . It should be THREE.Never come up with just One Idea. v) Every creative person should try that out. 3. out of which you can not decide the best one – You Must able to Defend All The Three. ii) The reason is simple . I want three really good ideas. Surround Yourself with Creative People You Trust! 1. design a piece of furniture or make can Animated Movie : At the beginning don’t start with one Idea . iv) Creative people. So right at the beginning of a project . often focus their whole attention on one idea.Remember the First laugh: i) A big problem in the creative process is related to enhancement of your ideas.
ii) If you get better idea and this means that you have to start from scratch again . ii) As a manager. 4. on the third or forth occasion already less so and when you hear it the 100th time. iii) When you here a joke for second time you will still laugh heartily. 5. who cannot stand each other. good things got lost because people could not remember anymore how it felt when they heard the idea to the first time. it losses its effect over the time. My answer is : In most cases. it is my task to abolish the hierarchies. No compromises on Quality. then THAT’S WHAT YOU”VE TO DO! iii) In any creative Industry. Quality is the sole business plan that prevails in the long run. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t any pressure – there is pressure all the time anyway – but the individual creator always needs to have the last word. hoping that all this negative energy leads to a creative result.Its all about The Team: i) One of the most popular question is always whether groups are creative than individual .Regardless of the production constraints . i) There is this idea that you put two people. It doesn’t matter at all who has the idea. At time it may be bothersome but its important. its Team – provided you follow certain rules. Many managers fail to understand that but the Audience understands it. Retouching. .a joke. it wears itself out. but it carries a danger. Fun invokes Creativity not Competition. a thought. But the in the end nothing that group says is binding. iii) The group must be honest. cost constraints or deadline. ii) If you have a story. iv) The process is only finished once the creative professional in charge says its finished. v) Many times. direct and endeavor to sincerely help the creative individual. that’s very important rule for us. Period i) There is Crucial Rule : No compromises . Refining is very important. 3.Quality is good Business Plan. iv) I say to my writers ‘Take the notice of the first laugh write it down if necessary’. which you write down . you hate it. into room .Revising.
as they are insecure . I would fire him. freaking out .. A good story is all about Growth . . Each time you to give them creative challenges . And we can literally plot that on the Graph throughout the story like I’v done for Goal see the yellow curve in the figure. Creative output always reflects The Person Top: i) Poor managers harm creative process. their relationships and fuel is Motivation and Goal. Conflicts don’t exaggerate things . . That is again manager’s task . They have to be damn proud of the fact that they’re part of the particular project.Surround yourself with Creative People You Trust: i) Bring only those new members into your creative team whom you consider to be at least as talented as you . . Now its balanced . . . ii) They need to believe that all people involved understand what they are talking about . being Crazy . situations. And to gain the momentum we will need Gears and Fuel . I can not risk so much money just because the manager is indulging in his bad mood harm my business. moody. 7. They have to like what they are working on. 6. You have to make it fun for them . Co-operation . iv) Creative people only produce really good work if you creatively challenged them. Laughter . as result audience get bad movies.care for them. that’s difficult . Insecurity and do not get along with each other well. BALANCED? Yeah. Confidence and fun that is the way creative people must believe that all others support them in making a great movie. Story Writing – Maintaining The Balance In Animation Film Until now …. If they are also pleasant and good natured even better.I disagree . ii) Most managers don’t follow this approach. And Change . but nobody said ti was easy to lead creative people. For your story Gears are your characters . For story. Confused? I will simplify . We have created the Story World and applied Rules/Laws to the World . Development . But Increase the momentum that will lead to believability . Relationships. Challenges. a bit difficult to handle. Most managers surround themselves with Yes Men. iii) Creative people are easily get bored. Remember this thing Balance is important throughout the Story. ii) A manages who spreads his bad mood and who forbids his employees to have fun impairs the creativity and thus harms the enterprise. being silly are Hard Work. You are hearing the Right word .
if small kids (like me) are watching. Now we will find how Set-Up will consists 1. and all other toys interact with him .There are Character Curves too. being more time on screen doesn’t make him important but the situation will show how or why ? he is the main character . world 5. Potato head (after connecting his face parts ) come across the Hockey Puck. you will hear so many times after this . Same thing . Hey listen its not must that the story should start with lead character but it helps. if you want show father. . Silence. friend . hockey puck” the way he talks to Hockey Puck . he says “what you looking at . 2. (I’v learned that from our masters ) create the situation and show how the characters react to that . Actions of the characters will decide the intent of things we wanna show. . mother . Character Relationships and 3. Lets take Toy Story 1 At the start we meet the Boy who is playing with his toys . this will help audience to understand the characters. .villain or any relation will need a situation that will introduced him! Look at the SET-UP of any movie . Woodie coming to rescue Bo-Peep . Characters . See here is equation we will use Situation – Character introduction Situation-relationships Situation-Character Development Situation-Story Development Situation-Anything My Dear . . sometimes Body postures. the meeting of toys and all that situation explains Who is in the Lead and Why. . . Now in the Toys world The way Woodie taking charge .at the start Where everybody is gathering for meeting Mr. If you want show who is the main character . so in setup We will introduced Characters.Let the situation explain the character . You won’t need complete scene to create everything. Dialogs. But we will learn that in upcoming articles. Motivation and Goal ( 4. What I’m going to say. the way he speaks . I am telling you the scene in Toy story 1 . Rules are discussed in the last 2 articles) Characters and Character Relationships: We always tell the story through the characters. . .
Relationships. still what a strong impact of first situation in SET-UP! So here is what we have learned this time . After this. For Characters (and their relationships) we will have another series of articles after the series for story . its like we plant the seeds for Characters . Do you know that about which Rules he is talking ? If you are smarter then you already know which rules . the first situation in SETUP and second is at the Conflict until that there is no scene of Sid . I’m again not talking about the scene. Animation Film: Make Your Own Rules “LOOK WE GONNA HAVE TO BREAK SOME RULES BUT IF IT WORKS IT WILL HELP EVERYBODY”. how do you feel ? That’s it what the strong situations do. I just want to tell that in SETUP .It tells you that he is the irritating and mean one. its varies in length . . hi hi ).(Yes I missed it before learning about RULES . I’m not so smart like you . In next article we will see how to introduce the Goal and Motivation in the SETUP. his growth will be throughout the story . so there are more situations for him . . . its mere 2 to 5 Seconds thing but tells you much. He burst the commando toy and laughs insanely “He’s gone. . . while introducing the characters and relationships of characters in setup you will need some situations that introduce what characters and their relationships are . So remember Situation Doesn’t mean the Whole Complete 5 min or 10 min Scene . See in toy story. Goal . importance and contribution to story ) The above situation with Hockey Puck has less importance for story but have small but significant Contribution to Character Identity. . volume (I mean depth . just one situation where the introduction of Bad Kid Sid . motivation and it Grows up to THE END . If its main Character . again More Situations will develop the characters and relationships throughout the story. . In Toy Story 1 . Woodie is telling other Toys before rescuing Buzz . he is history!” After that when he picks up the Buzz and Woodie with him in store. Just the situation . .
then what are they ? Which languages the characters speak ? if they are not human (machines or animals )then do they talk to humans ? If they talk then how ? Magic ? secret? Or for machines something else or whatever but you must know . Every story has its world . Real world. Last time we have seen that SET UP needs introduction of World. but Sometimes Rules can drive whole story and you can make great story out of it ! First you will set up the biggest and toughest and BAD law on the world and Your Hero of story will struggle . Characters. Alien’s World . Rules are necessary for every World . stretch himself and finally break the rule at the end and Make that world a good and Happy place. . . fight .and Why ? See this RULES are there for “Believability”. And every World has its MUST RULES that controls the every Story World . See in Toy story Toys have their secret World and they pretend that they don’t belong to real world. In A Bug’s Life ( one of my favorites ) At start Angry Hopper ( THE Villain ) tells young queen “The first rule of leadership is that everything is your fault and Let me teach you the circle of life. my questions will be that what kind of world is it ? Does it have gravity there? Are all physics laws exists there or its just has it different motion rules . if your character doesn’t follow rules . So the RULE is that Toys must not talk to humans though they can ! And this is THE RULE WOODIE is talking about . . . . If you are creating the world . Rules. If you wanna assignment find that where else he breaks the RULE . . So there are arrows on Top and Bottom of world in Figure.So in this article we will see about RULES of Story World. Bug’s World. Toys world . Also there are RULES for each character but we’ll learn in Character. The reason must be so strong and convincing. I will finish with this . then you must must tell audience WHY ? and that WHY will decide the Believability of Story World else you will loose Audience. Animals World. Character Relationships and Motivation.
each of which comprises an interrogative word: • • • • • • Who is it about? What happened (what's the story)? When did it take place? Where did it take place? How did it happen? Why did it happen? . ants are not meant to serve hoppers and its you who need us. the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation. Don’t forget THE RULES and tell us great story see you again .” Find new WORLD . research. It is a formula for getting the "full" story on something. search In journalism. So what your story’s Rules ? So DON T FORGET TO INTRODUCE THE RULES IN SET UP OF STORY We will learn about other elements that are necessary for SETUP in next article . and the RULE is broken .(it’s the rule of movie) Sun grows the food – ants pick the food – the grass hoppers eat the food” At climax Flick says to Hopper that “ you are wrong Hopper . . The maxim of the Five W's (and one H) is that for a report to be considered complete it must answer a checklist of six questions. the Five Ws (also known as the Five Ws (and one H). or Six Ws) is a concept in news style. See are rules are all for good they always there in story for entertaining . . Five Ws From Wikipedia. Just remember that the true magic of Animation lies in its innate capability to take us to previously Unseen often Unimaginable Worlds Where We can not normally go . and in police investigations that are regarded as basics in information-gathering. . So finally all ants team up and at the END young queen says to HOPPER “Ants pick the food Ants keep the food And grasshoppers LEAVE !” Hurray . . Our Master Tony White tell us that “Don’t think of Animation as limitation . . We are stronger than you and YOU KNOW IT”.