While watching “The Pixar Story” I was struck by this quote from the Co-Director of “Finding Nemo”:

“The challenge on Nemo is the same challenge we had on ‘Toy Story,’ which is making a good movie … we spend the first two and a half years making these films doing nothing but working out the stories.   -Lee Unkrich

Now I know that not every budget can allow for 2.5 years of story development (ours certainly don’t), but but it does make me take a closer look at how much time I spend working on characters and plots.

In narrative especially, “The Story is King.”