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RendermanIf you admire the animation of Pixar and are interested in getting your hands on the same software that they use to create all of those adorable characters (and not so adorable ones too, I guess), you are in luck, my friend. Due to a pricing restructure, the powerful VFX/3D rendering program RenderMan will be available for non-commercial use — for free — containing literally every single feature and capability of the commercial version, giving users (mostly) free rein to cut their teeth on the program free of charge. Continue on to find out when and where you can download it! More »

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Michael ArndtSome of the greatest pieces of screenwriting wisdom that I’ve come across in my journey of learning the craft have come from Pixar alumni. Regardless of what kinds of stories you’re trying to tell, Pixar has offered many great tips on how to form the structure of your screenplay, and in this animated video, screenwriter Michael Arndt walks us through, step-by-step, how to construct the most difficult first act. So, if you’re currently struggling to get your screenplay off the ground, you’re gonna want to check this out! More »

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Pulp FictionThere’s something eerily satisfying about the juxtaposition of childhood and adulthood – for instance, the world of Edward Scissorhands comes to mind. I distinctly recall the first time I played GTA 2 after years and years of playing Mario Kart exclusively, thinking videos games were for kids. After I mowed down a group of pedestrians I said to myself, “My god — I wasn’t ready to grow up.” This juxtaposition is part of what makes these now viral illustrations depicting some of the most iconic (and also bloody, terrifying, and violent) scenes in cinematic history so awesome — it’s like walking into the children’s nursery in Peter Pan, and being greeted by Cujo instead of Nana. Continue on to check them out. More »

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Pixar ebookWhen Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted out 22 storytelling tips, something interesting happened. It was as if the curtain was lifted to reveal the heart of a mysterious, magical, and inspiring player in filmmaking, and many screenwriters (I was one of them), treated this small collection of advice as a lost book of the storytelling bible. Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, who has spent 12 years writing and developing stories at Pixar, has now shared his eBook in which he expounds on each tip. Continue on for the link to the free download. More »

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The Pixar storytelling rules that Emma Coats tweeted have gone viral — she even has a session at the Austin Film Festival this fall to discuss them in more detail. Perhaps to illustrate her points, Ms. Coats will use LEGOs. Because LEGOs are awesome. And visual. And guys can relate to LEGOs in ways they may have difficulty relating to Ms. Coats. Thanks to Redditor ICanLegoThat (Alex Eylar) and SlackStory, Ms. Coats has a headstart. Check out a few examples of Pixar’s storytelling rules in LEGO form. More »

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Pixar’s relentless success at the box office with truly original tales has convinced screenwriters the world over that the animation studio holds the secret to amazing storytelling. In all honesty, hyperbole aside, Pixar does hold the secret to amazing storytelling, but they are more than willing to share it with the rest of us. Pixar’s Brave writer/director Mark Andrews took a moment to describe the studio’s story process in a phone interview podcast with ScreenwritingU’s Jenna Milly. More »

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Director and Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats (@lawnrocket) recently tweeted out 22 tips for storytelling, one of which ends with “Endings are hard, get yours working up front.” From day one I always knew how I wanted Manchild to end — and throughout a year and a half of writing, the ending has never changed. Perhaps that’s why, while it is not the first feature I’ve written, it will be the first feature I actually make (more news on the project when I have some… soon). Here are the tips, handily compiled in list form: More »

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With one of the best critical and commercial records in movie-making history, there are a lot of things Pixar does right.  One of their greatest strengths is their ability to consistently craft great stories.  So what’s the Pixar story development process like, and what can we as independent filmmakers learn from it?  As part of a 5 part interview, Mary Coleman, a Pixar senior development executive, shares details about how it all comes together — revealing some surprising and enlightening things: More »

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Disney has released a 25-minute documentary following Pixar chief/director John Lasseter over the course of a day of work. I know, I know, this isn’t DIY/indie film at all, but come on… everyone loves Pixar. Except maybe the Cars movies, for which this is being released as a promo — the Cars films are, for me at least, a tad crass with their commercialism. And while the first part of the doc is mostly focused on Lasseter’s personal life, it does get into the group movie making/creative process at Pixar — which includes reviewing shots on an iPad on the way to work in what looks to be a custom Pixar app (note: driver required). I found it to be an interesting look behind-the-scenes, but if you only interested DIY filmmaking, feel free to skip this free 25-minute documentary: More »

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In a genre that’s since come to be dominated by the often crass commercialism of, say, Dreamworks Animation, the originator of the 3D animated feature — Pixar — remains a cut above the rest. Watching this compendium of their 15-year history, it strikes me that these movies feel like real events, with real people, begetting real memories — but amazingly, they’re just 1s and 0s. And despite the billions of dollars made and every manner of commercialism pursued, Pixar films still feel driven by imagination, not merchandising. Here’s a look back, expertly edited by Leandro Copperfield: More »