352MC – TED Talk – Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

by alexmasonphotography

Wow what a clever and inspirational man. Andrew starts the talk with a joke but the way he tells it is timed perfectly, articulated perfectly and generally told beautifully, the way he tells it lets the viewer know what the punchline is without him actually saying it. It is signposted throughout the joke.

“Story telling is joke telling, it’s knowing your punchline, your ending, knowing that everything you are saying from the first sentence to the last is leading to a singular goal”

“We all love stories, we are born for them, we all like affirmations that our lives have meaning”

We love to relate to others. Other characters, other people. “Make me care”. We know what it’s like to not care so it is important to try and care.

Try starting from the ending and bringing it back to the start. Now it is important for me to be able to relate these techniques to my own practice. If I can tell it backwards than it will help me structure it when I put together the storyboard and the edit for the film. The audience like to work for their meal, stories without dialogue can be the most powerful stories of all. We work things out through body language even in cartoons.

‘The elements you provide and the order you put them in is crucial in engaging the audience’.

“Stories are inevitable if they are good but they are not predictable”

I need to reflect on these words of wisdom from a world class story teller. A reliable source. The structure and order of scenes is fundamental to how I tell my story. The audience need to like the main participants and almost see them as their heroes or protagonists.

In my story I can evoke wonder not through animation like we see in Toy Story and Bambi but in the sense that what the participants are doing is something that kids dream of being able to do, not any old bloke can do it. The dream like mood we will try and create within the forest by the combination of aesthetics and storytelling will be the bit of wonder that our audience take away with them.

“The best stories infuse wonder”

Ted Talks – http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_stanton_the_clues_to_a_great_story#