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hey Pete hi hey Belle how's it gone you know what I'm I'm having a really bad day what happened see what Val saying when she says what happened is tell me a story and that's actually what this season the pics are in a box is all about to make a movie here at Pixar takes years but it all starts with a story humans have been telling stories since we could speak probably even before we tell stories around the campfire we write plays we write novels short stories we make movies we take photographs tweet to each other the list goes on the power of story is that it has an ability to connect with people on an emotional level one of the things you hear all the time this advice is write what you know now as a kid I was like I don't want to write about suburban Minnesota that's boring I want to write about explosions and monsters and car chases well what that actually means is yeah go ahead and write about monsters and explosions and car chases but put something into it that talks about your own life how you feel do you feel scared do you feel alone something from your own life will make that story come alive and not just be a boring car chase when I started directing monsters incorporated the way I'd pitch it is it's about a monster who scares kids for a living pizzas job he clocks in and he clocks out eats donuts and talks about union dues and we thought that was a pretty funny idea and sure enough when I would tell it to people they would smile but when we told the story as a film people started getting bored and restless and they're like I don't understand what this movie is about well what I finally figured out was that it's actually not about a monster who scares kids it's about a man becoming a father that was what was happening to me so why write about what you know well it's because probably what happened to you made you feel some particular way and what you're trying to do really when you tell a story is to get the audience to have that same feeling one of the big revelations for me telling stories is how much work they are really I always thought you just tell the story once and it would be perfect than geniuses like Walt is near miyazaki this brilliance comes out of their had once and there it is well the truth is our stories don't always come out exactly perfectly the first time or the second time or the third time or the fourth day up to the 30th time and so you keep going again and again and again and only after retelling the story many many times does it really Sparkle this season of Pixar in a box is about how we at Pixar tell our stories in hopes that it will inspire you to tell yours but seriously what happened oh oh so the first thing I get to my desk right it's eight o'clock