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Wednesday, October 6 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm

How Pixar Makes You Cry: The Secret Storytelling Tricks Pixar Uses to Break Your Heart


From Wall-E to Toy Story 4 and every lovable monster, incredible hero, and tight-knit family in between, Pixar continues to revolutionize the film industry. However, it is their ability to affect audiences in emotional ways that elevates these movies and stories from solely animated adventures into compelling and moving storytelling that illuminates the challenges, realities, and happy endings ingrained in the human experience.

What are the secrets to Pixar’s impeccable storytelling? How do they enthrall and inspire audiences of all ages? More important, how do they always make us cry? Dean Movshovitz, Israeli author of Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films, explores Pixar’s genius (and tricks!). He joins a live audience in the Mugar Omni Theater remotely from Los Angeles to share how Pixar maintains their unique and unprecedented emotional connection with audiences all over the world, and to change how you experience the films and stories you love forever.

Pixar Storytelling is the first book to offer an in-depth analysis of the screenwriting techniques and patterns that make Pixar’s immensely popular classics so successful. Among the top selling books in animation and screenwriting, it is taught on campuses worldwide, and has been embraced by animators, writers, marketers, and entrepreneurs alike.

Praise for Pixar Storytelling-

Screenwriter Travon Free (The Daily Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Two Distant Strangers, Emmy and Oscar winner) says “This should be in every writer/director/storyteller's library TBH.”

Screenwriter Kirk A. Moore (13 Reasons Why, Marvels’ Runaways, For Life) says “Pixar Storytelling” is one of my favorite screenwriting books. It’s not specific to animation. All screenwriters can benefit from reading it. It breaks down storytelling techniques and principles using Pixar films. So helpful.”

Purchase a copy of PIXAR STORYTELLING at one of the vendors below-

Bookshop.org - BooksAMillion - The Book Stall

In partnership with The Consulate General of Israel to New England.

This program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.


Mugar Omni Theater


Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older

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Cost: Free with Pre-Registration

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