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Rob’s Essays For New And Old Friends

“As soon as I learned how to speak Spanish I forgot how to speak English!” There’s a reason why nobody has ever said this. Nobody ever forgets what they know when they learn something new. So don’t be afraid that embracing my methods will make you forget everything you learned in film school. Remember, I started off with the same books and lectures that you’re going through now and then added some of my own magic tricks during the 30 years that I’ve been writing professionally. Learn the stuff we teach on this site. Embrace it. Combine it with everything else you’ve learned and mix it into your own secret sauce.

This week we’re welcoming some new visitors to the site.

1) The students of Boston University in Los Angeles

Rob and BU 2013 Cropped

My friend Brian Herskowitz invited me to speak to his students on Thursday night. We had a great time going around the room talking about goal setting and the tools they’ll need to get them from the students they are now to the award winning, blockbuster writing professionals they’d like to become.

2) The guests of the CTN Animation Expo (Part 1)

Rob and Andy at CTN 2013 Cropped (2)

I’d like to thank Tina Price for inviting me to come to CTN to talk with my friend Andy Gaskill in front of an enthusiastic crowd about the interplay between production design and writing in animated movies. The attendees asked some fantastic questions and we had a wonderful time.

3) The guests of the CTN Animation Expo (Part 2) 

Rob at CTN Cropped

On Saturday morning, I gave an introduction to Writing for Animation to a standing room only crowd in the Sunset Room of the Burbank Marriott Hotel. We talked about animation history, the step-by-step process of writing for animation and some of the elements of the secret sauce I learned while working at Disney / Pixar. I say it’s an introduction to Writing for Animation because I’d like to continue to do more Master Classes like this with Tina Price at the Center Stage Gallery and CTN in the future. If you “Like” Rob Edwards Workshop on Facebook, you’ll be the first to know when that happens. You can also check out our Events page on this site.

So we welcome the new friends we made at those events. FYI, I post new essays every Tuesday and Friday so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything. If you want to catch up with what’s already on the site, check out the following pages:

ESSAYS ON THEME

Don’t Listen to Anybody Who Says THEME Is Unimportant!

The Importance of Theme When Creating A Unique And Focused Story

ESSAYS FOR CHARACTER MONTH

Jumping Into Character Development With The Masters

Character Is Story And Story Is Character And It’s So Important We Need To Say It Again In Quotes

Character Month’s Vengeful Villains and Annoying Antagonists

Building The Antagonist To “Antagonize” The Protagonist

Putting “The Girl” Into Action

“The Girl” As Motivation And As The Goal

ESSAYS ON BREAKING STORY

Opening Story Month With My New Action Script And Outlining Tips

Story Month And The 5 Points To A Great Script!

The Worlds Easiest Way To Break A Story: Part 1

The World’s Easiest Way To Break A Story: Part 2

The World’s Easiest Way To Break A Story: Part 3

The World’s Easiest Way To Break A Story: Part 4

The World’s Easiest Way To Break A Story: Part 5

ESSAYS ON OUTLINING

Mastering The Outline; Part 1

Mastering The Outline: Part 2

Mastering The Outline: Part 3

Now The All Important Load-In

The Load-In: Part 2

Don’t Get Lost In Act 2

The New Rules Of Act 2A

Act 2A Continued: “The Movie Part Of The Movie”

A Build To the Midpoint

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  • Robert Lazzarini

    Hey Rob!

    I realize this post is fairly old now, but just in case you catch this, it was awesome to meet you man! I saw both of your talks at CTN and they really made an impact on how I approach crafting a story.

    The notion of “earning the ending” stuck with me and really makes me think about how I can make every part of a story richer, and as an animator, I’m able to put that into each of my shots. I feel that when you keep that notion in mind, even for every shot in a sequence, it will have a culminating effect and slowly build the film to a meaningful climax/conclusion, rather than to just eventually arrive at a big moment.

    So yea! That concept really had an impact on me. I’ve been catching your blog when I have the chance so I’m looking forward to more of your posts! And thanks for running a blog like this, it’s fantastically interesting and it’s already shaping the way I approach storytelling.

    High five!
    -Robert