I am a HUGE fan of Pixar. The Toy Story films are I think the greatest trilogy of all time, the third one really hit me hard and completely unexpectedly. Genius.
At the Screenwriters’ Festival this year I am really excited that we are doing a special screening of ‘Finding Nemo’ with screenwriter David Reynolds doing the unofficial DVD chat track alongside the movie.
Last week we got an email (via Dave) from Andrew Stanton with his final draft of ‘Finding Nemo’ to share with our delegates. They can read it as we watch the film and listen to Dave tell us everything he knows about the development, the writing and the making of ‘Finding Nemo’. This is going to be an extraordinary event (MORE HERE)
And so here I present to you the top fifteen quotes from Pixar founder John Lasseter to inspire us all.
‘Art challenges technology, but technology inspires the art.’
‘I believe in the nobility of entertaining people and I take great, great pride that people are willing to give me two or three hours of their busy lives.’
‘Every movie has three things you have to do – you have to have a compelling story that keeps people on the edge of their seats; you have to populate that story with memorable and appealing characters; and you have to put that story and those characters in a believable world. Those three things are so vitally important.’
‘The hardest thing to get is true emotion. I always believe you need to earn that with the audience. You can’t just tell them, ‘Ok, be sad now.’’
‘Every Pixar movie at one time was the worst motion picture ever made.’
‘Short films really helped me develop as a story teller, animator, and as a director.’
‘Every technology that comes into filmmaking is first a gimmick – it takes a while for filmmakers to understand how to use it.’
‘Everything I do and everything Pixar does is based on a simple rule: Quality is the best business plan, period.’
‘The way the films look will never entertain an audience alone. It has to be in the service of a good story with great characters.’
‘When you set out to really entertain adults as well as kids, your audience is basically anybody who is breathing.’
‘The only thing Steve Jobs has ever asked me in all the years we’ve been together and have been partners, the only thing he has ever asked me is: ‘Make it great.’’
‘When you go into the theatre and the lights dim, you want to entertain people from beginning to end. You want them to be swept up in your story, on the edge of their seats, unable to wait to see what happens next, be blown away and afterwards just go, ‘Wow!’’
‘Walt Disney always said, ‘For every laugh, there should be a tear.’ I believe in that.’
Onwards and upwards!