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Whenever an artist begins their journey they want to prove themselves by showing they can paint, play, or write a book. It usually starts with playing songs that we’ve known for years that have played on the radio. If you are a painter you’ll copy a master or popular pic to show your skills. We see it all the time in culture: Brands mimic and re-tell stories that have already been told. The new product is actually another product just slightly altered. I will admit for myself that creating original content is the biggest challenge in creativity. It takes more effort, digging, and self-searching of your heart to find the gold.
One of my passions is Pixar. They don’t take the easy route. Great technique is powerful. Good animation is important but original story trumps everything. Recently I saw the Good Dinosaur twelve minute extended trailer. It was the most beautiful Pixar movie I’ve seen yet. Well, maybe not as much as Ratatouille. That one is still the best. However, The Good Dinosaur holds original content. The film went through many stages of refinement to land on original, solid story. Inside Out as well as other Pixar films carry the same standard: Story must trump all else…read more