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Jim Hull
Works at Walt Disney Animation Studios
Attended CalArts
Lives in Valencia, CA
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Wants. Needs. Character Arc and Backstory. When it comes to developing a strong central character, many do the best they can with these simple-to-grasp, yet disparate concepts of story. Effective character development calls for a system of story points that function as a cohesive whole.
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When granted a new understanding of story, writers tend to latch onto one or two key items. They sense the benefit of a new story point for their writing and quickly add it to their tool belt. The problem lies in assuming this new understanding a lone operator.
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1800 words on the structure behind this phenomenal television series!! 

Format does not determine structure. Whether screenplay, novel, or play, a complete story calls for the same basic ingredients. Television series work the same–they simply take longer to simmer.
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No idea if I did this right or not, but here's my first official Statamic Plugin! It lets you grab the first paragraph of any string variable. I use it to Grab the first paragraph of my {content} for front page or listing purposes.

I've seen lots of people ask for this here and on the forums so hopefully someone can find it of use. And if you see that I did something wrong (never put anything up on Github before) let me know and I'll fix it. Thanks for all the help getting this up!
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The first quarterly Weekend of Dramatica went swimmingly well! Haven't received all the surveys back yet, but the overall feeling at the end was very positive. More importantly, we analyzed "Nebraska" in class and in doing so found a storyform that was vastly more accurate than the one I had originally published on my site.

Only a slight change at the very bottom (major dynamics were still there), but if you're following along or collect these things you might want to have the latest and greatest. I'll work to put this on the main Dramatica site as well. I try not to put my own personal interpretations of storyforms on there unless they've been vetted somehow.
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It was really fun and I there was some very positive feedback from it. I have a ton of upgrades I'm doing for the next one in June.
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This is incorrect. Wilber's Integral Theory corresponds with Dramatica. The four perspectives in Dramatica Theory - They, We, I, and You correspond with Wilber's Interior/Exterior Individual/Group paradigm. The first person plural described above actually corresponds with Wilber's Interior/Group idea (plural subjective)
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For those trying to sign on for Terms of Endearment, local internet is out....so sorry. I am recording it and will put it up at a later date. Sorry +Sam Potter!
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Yeah, sorry about that. Downtown Burbank's Internet was down. I did manage to record it all and will upload the video this weekend. It was a pretty good discussion actually.
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This week's Dramatica article covers the Four Throughlines and their use (or lack of use) in last year's Gravity. I covered this in my classes this year and I think it really helped solidify the need for all four perspectives in order for a story to actually mean something. Hope you like it!
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New article on how the term Influence Character can create some confusion. The original term was Obstacle Character which still works better...if you understand what it means.

Familiarity and ease of use comes with a cost. Making things simpler confuses something that needs a degree of complexity to be understood. Stories exist as analogies to our minds ability to solve problems. While those minds might be simple, the tools to examine them shouldn’t.
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OK, so somehow I was able to write my first Statamic add-on! I have no idea how I was able to make it work..but it does - the only problem is that everything I had it return was in lowercase. 

I know I've seen this elsewhere before and notice that there are always bug fixes fixing this sort of thing - I'm passing {content} as a parameter and str_replace and substr to parse it...any ideas??
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Work
Occupation
Writer, Teacher
Skills
Telling good stories from bad ones. Landing virtual WW2 warbirds on virtual aircraft carriers (in the rain). Playing every Journey song on the piano.
Employment
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
    Animator, 2013 - present
  • Sony Pictures Animation
    Animator, 2013 - 2013
  • DreamWorks
    Animator, 1999 - 2013
  • Dreamworks Animation
    Storyboard Artist, 2011 - 2012
  • Sony
    Director, 1999 - 1999
  • Chuck Jones
    Storyboard Artist, 1993 - 1994
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation
    Animator, 1994 - 1999
  • James Baxter Animation
    Animator, 2006 - 2006
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Valencia, CA
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Great stories are my thing.
Introduction
I write and publish Narrative First, a collection of weekly articles on story structure and analysis for screenwriters and creative writers. Currently I'm teaching what I preach at CalArts under the label "Narrative Science".

Films I've been a part of: Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, Spirit: Stallion of the CImmaron, Sinbad, Shrek 2, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Enchanted, Bee Movie, Madagascar 2, How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, Puss in Boots, Peabody and Sherman, Madagascar 3, The Croods and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Bragging rights
Four kids - at least three of them are autistic. Worked with Jerry Seinfeld on Bee Movie. He actually remembered my name months after. Pretty sure he's forgotten it by now.
Education
  • CalArts
    Character Animation, 1990 - 1993
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September 5
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