Pixar has developed a reputation as a studio that can make people cry. In order to make audiences feel for its characters, a connection needs to be made that can only be formed through good storytelling. After all, if a film has a poor story, it is much more challenging for the audience to give a damn. Recently, the Khan Academy, which provides free online courses, teamed up with Pixar to inspire creativity within people of all ages. Now, you can learn how to tell a story, directly from Pixar talent, for FREE.
Named, Pixar In A Box, the series of “courses” is a collaboration between Khan Academy, Pixar, and Disney. The current series, entitled, “The Art of Storytelling,” has the following description:
What makes someone a good storyteller? Storytelling is something we all do naturally, starting at a young age, but there’s a difference between good storytelling and great storytelling. In this lesson you’ll hear from Pixar directors and story artists about how they got their start, what stories inspire them, and you’ll begin to think about what kinds of stories you might want to tell.
“The Art of Storytelling” connects us with directors and artists from the studio, such as Pete Docter, who directed Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out. Although we have previously heard interviews with these personalities, where we hear about the Pixar process, Pixar In A Box is framed specifically to teach those who are interested in learning how to be creative. Some parts of Pixar In A Box are meant for students of animation, but “The Art of Storytelling” is relevant for everyone – every time we speak with others, write an e-mail, or tell a joke, we are essentially telling a story. Learning from talented people who have mastered the approach is an incredible opportunity.
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You can complete Pixar In A Box: The Art of Storytelling at Khan Academy.