Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Session 2 at CPC14 with Matthew Luhn

Great worship to start the morning, followed by Todd Burpo sharing a bit about "Heaven is For Real".
The book has been out, and the movie will be released Easter 2014. I will be doing an upcoming review of this material, curious to know everyone's thoughts.

Today's initiative is "Providing a safe and relevant atmosphere"
Speaker Matthew Luhn

Matthew Luhn began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as an Animator on the very first CG movie, “Toy Story”. Since that time, Matthew has worked as a Story Artist on “Toy Story 2″ “Monsters Inc.”, “Finding Nemo”, “Cars”, “Ratatouille”, “UP”, “Toy Story 3″, and “Monsters University”. Prior to Pixar, Matthew attended the California Institute of the Arts, and would later be hired as an Animator on “The Simpsons”. Matthew grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where his family has owned and operated “Jeffrey’s Toys” toy stores for over three generations. Along with working at Pixar, Matthew teaches children and adults all over the world how to draw and create cartoon stories, characters, perspective, and animation.

Notes from session 2:
Being raised Jewish, Matthew first heard about Jesus when working as an animator on the Bart Simpson show at the age of 19.

The characters he draws affect people, not because they are cute or bright, but because the stories they tell have connection. 

Story structure and character development should be key components in developing your stories. 
Quality characters paired with a great story line is a win. 

(video clip of early Carl & Ellie from the movie "Up" was shown)
 This clip had no verbal dialogue, people laughed….cried…it makes us feel. 

Story is a powerful tool. 

Story works, nobody is telling you to feel a certain way "you just do".  Jesus used story telling. 
Story has a big part in how we vote, how we buy, how we believe.
It's not trickery, it's a common connection to persons story. 

Structure and character are the 2 most important things when telling a story, it's naturally in our DNA to tell stories with structure. It's a universal language language across the world. Make sure you have a beginning middle and an end. 
When telling a story, your testimony, a sermon, make sure they have these 3 elements. 

Character is what creates what your story is going to be about. You cannot have a story… a good story, without a character. Your character needs to have identifiable human traits. People have to able to connect to them. Whether they are an animal, and object or anything else., they need to have identifiable traits. You want to make sure your character changes, they start off one way, and become a different character by the end.  

Your story, must have an embedded redemption story. The ability to connect and insert ourselves in the story as we watch, communicates hope. We connect to that character. 

1 practical thing you can do when you prepare…
Write 1 sentence that describes what you want to communicate for what you want to communicate. 
We all have the natural storytelling instants, we need to be reminded of them. 

Form a sentence with the beginning middle and end, and showing how the character changes. 

The most common mistake is to give too much information without the common theme, leaving you bored and confused. 

Stay focused on having one theme, one character that goes through a change. "I want to communicate hope, forgiveness, etc… pick one and stick with it..and stay focused on it. 

This is why kids are drawn to the movies, story is powerful. So why not use story to communicate the message of Christ to kids. 

GO question : On a scale of 1-5 how is your team doing on storytelling? And what can you do to improve that?


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