“It takes four years to make a movie at Pixar, and 3 1/2 of those years are spent on story.”

Pixar is famous for its rigorous script development process, which includes — just as Walt Disney used to do — the director pitching the story to the entire company, for open comment and discussion. It can be brutal: Ratatouille, when found wanting, was taken away from its original director, rebooted and completely rewritten. But this discipline pays off: no studio in Hollywood can match Pixar’s string of hits — or its trophy cabinet. There’s more good advice in this perceptive article on the importance of good screenwriting from the Washington Post.

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