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Making 'Toons That Sell Without Selling Out by Bill Plympton

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Chapter 5

STORYTELLING

“Show it, don’t say it.”

–CLINT EASTWOOD

The Myth of Story

I’ve been accused of making strange films with weak stories. The critics sometimes say that my stories ramble, and have no focus—that they have too many diversions. There may be some truth to their criticisms, but for me, story isn’t the end-all and be-all in the success of a film.

How many times have you heard the expression “all great films start with a great story”? Talk about clichés! Well, I’m sick and tired of hearing that bull. Sure, there are wonderful films that are great because of the story, but please, give me a break! First of all, people describe great film as “cinematic.” What does it mean? It means it’s a visual experience, something that has nothing ...

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