Screenwriting : What Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt Learned at Pixar by Regina Lee

Regina Lee

What Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt Learned at Pixar

This video is an incredible argument for Structure, Character, and how they are delivered hand-in-hand. Per Michael Arndt: "I’m not saying that all stories need to start this way, but if you’re writing a script and you’re having a hard time getting started, I hope these ideas or helpful.” If you liked it, Google all of Michael Arndt's talks. http://www.mentorless.com/2015/04/27/michael-arndt-about-the-5-steps-he-...

Michael Arndt About The 5 Steps He Learned at Pixar to Write a Good Beginning
Michael Arndt About The 5 Steps He Learned at Pixar to Write a Good Beginning
In less than a decade, Michael Arndt went from winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay with Little Miss Sunshine , to getting nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay with for his second credit, an…
Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks for sharing this, Regina. Michael Arndt is one of my favorite writers. ;)

Regina Lee

@Beth, did you hear his Creative Screenwriting Magazine podcast on TS3? If not, do you want me to email you a "YouSendIt" link for download?

Philip Onions

This is a great link Regina, thanks!

Eric Kinloch

Great read!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Regina, got it! Thank you so much! I've been at a soccer tournament all weekend and away from my computer. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to listening to the podcast. :)

Linda Scarlett

What great advice. I loved it! Thank you.

Fiona Faith Ross

Michael Arndt is one of my heroes.

Dawn Murrell

This was so helpful Regina! Thank you so much!

Michelle J Kenoyer

I loved this; thanks for sharing. Not sure if I agree 100% with everything he says (particularly the "insult to injury" part, b/c that's what frustrates me about A LOT of mainstream movies written with this model, is that the good guy, no matter how flawed, somehow manages to be a magnet for being dumped upon). Nonetheless, it's good food for thought when writing a solid beginning to a script.

Regina Lee

As Michael Arndt said, it's not universal. It's his interpretation of predecessors that has helped him with his process.

T. Chambers

I thoroughly enjoyed this. I loved the simplicity of Ardnt's description of the process and then immediately showing the examples. Thank you for sharing, Regina!

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