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Updated by Frontrunner Magazine on Feb 19, 2018
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How to Start Your Screenplay the Pixar Way

Pixar is known for giving the world some of the best stories ever told, starting with 1995's Toy Story — currently boasting a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. In 2017, when it came time for Pixar to create the highly-anticipated third installment of the Toy Story franchise, executives tapped screenwriter Michael Arndt after reading his very first submission to the film world, an original script titled Little Miss Sunshine.

Arndt would end up winning an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, and somehow became an even better writer over the course of his time at Pixar. For the Blu-ray edition of Toy Story 3, Arndt shared a few words of wisdom about his approach to film structure and what he learned from Pixar's stable of story developers. Here's a recap of his advice for writing a great first act.