The Writer: Michael Arndt has one of those careers that I think most screenwriters would love to emulate. He was a Nicholl semifinalist in 1991 and 2001 before winning the Best Screenplay Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine. He wrote Toy Story 3, perhaps the most beloved animated film of our generation,
This video featuring Michael Arndt — screenwriter of Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine, Oblivion, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — gives a thorough breakdown of how to establish your main character and the story ahead in the first act of your screenplay. It’s well worth watching (and taking
Working at Pixar has been like my graduate school for screenwriting.
Christopher Boone of NoFilmSchool.com has put together five videos of award-winning screenwriters talking about their writing process.
Here’s another free Oscar-nominated script for you to study. The Toy Story 3 script – written by Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich – is a great reference for writers interested in scripting an animated film or who have been tasked with penning a sequel.