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hi I'm Valerie Lapointe and I'm a story artist at Pixar I'm going to be your host for our first lesson on storytelling designed to introduce you to how we tell stories of Pixar throughout the next six lessons you'll have a chance to create your own stories and you'll go from a rough idea to having real storyboards like we use a Pixar each lesson features Pixar story artists sharing their insights about the story development process my name is Yomi sheet and I'm a story artist hi my name is Sanjay Patel I'm an animator and storyboard artist I'm Kristin luster I'm a storyboard artist hello my name is Mark Andrews and I'm a director at Pixar Animation Studios the goal of this video is to remind you that you already are a storyteller it's something we do naturally and start doing as children to take this lesson off let's hear how some Pixar storytellers first started telling their own stories out on the playground where you're making up stories are playing in the backyard when we're making up whole worlds from then on I started drawing my own comic books and I would fake being a sick to stay home from school so I could draw my my comic books and come up with my stories what I did is I would take a drawing of Betty and Veronica that was in the comic books and I would trace it and then I would draw fashion on them and I did this thing called Betty and Veronica fashions somewhere in my mother's basement there are thousands and thousands and thousands of these drawings of Betty and Veronica these poster assignments that my art teacher would give me in high school and even in junior high school as well they were they're always around a theme of American history and so the idea of this kind of homework of doing American history in a visual form was the kind of the first Avenue into telling stories in just one picture when I was really young I would draw pictures and I would show them to people and they would react and I'd really like that like I love getting reactions out of people with the things that I drew the stories that I tell and I wanted to get more reactions out of people so I drew more and more and more I have to say like growing up I felt like I had no ideas aegyo is just the most unoriginal like I always felt like artists have to have like these kind of waterfalls of ideas endless amount of ideas and I had like zero I felt so I get most of my stories and my ideas from from my life I think about a lot of stuff that's happened to me like what was when was the last time I was happy when was the last time I felt really sad like when was the last time you know I cried or I got really angry most of my stories originate from my own personal experiences and I think there's a touchstone there that is very important to the storyteller too to find because it makes it it makes it honest I'm not just gathering kind of ideas and checking them together there's a story no story comes ready-made one way is that I think long and hard about my experiences in life and moments in my life where I've had what I kind of considered to be an epiphany I have gained some sort of insight or learn something that I think is really important to share with the world I think those are the kind of stories that are really fun because they are they only can come from you when you were experienced nobody else can have the same insights as you because they haven't lived the same life as you know two people will experience life the same so no two people will tell a story the same way think of this as a superpower we all have your unique perspective only you see the world this way now I want you to think about a memory you have it could be your most embarrassing memory frightening memory or a time you were very surprised whatever it is it's a memory you remember vividly in the first exercise you'll have a chance to express this memory in various ways