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The Best Filmmaker’s TED Talks
A selection of wise words from some of Hollywood’s finest

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Over the last few years, it’s become apparent that anyone who’s anyone, creatively speaking, should deliver a TED talk at some point. An organisation that began in 1984 devoted to Technology, Entertainment and Design has grown into a forum for creative ideas, business discussion, scientific innovation and just about anything else that sounds cool. Along the way, some Hollywood types have been among those big brains to speak, offering their take on everything from storytelling to secret keeping to product placement. We’ve gathered some of our favourites below – including one that hasn’t even happened yet...

WORDS JAMES WHITE
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Andrew Stanton

The creator of Wall-E and Finding Nemo and, most recently, the director of John Carter, Andrew Stanton knows a thing or two about storytelling. He trained up as a story expert on Pixar. His skills were built across the studio’s output and as a key part of its brain trust. It should come as no surprise, then, that his TED talk focuses on the art of storytelling – and it should also come as no surprise that he believes that the key to a great story is making you care about the characters, even if you have to do a little work to understand them along the way. However obstensibly alien or unsympathetic, whether fishy or robotic or, well, Martian, there has to be something we can all identify with – as he discusses here with the help of a few well-chosen film clips. Essential viewing for screenwriters, actors and directors alike. One warning, however: it contains that bit of Finding Nemo that would make a stone cry.

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1 You can talk the talk...
You've got to give credit to Cameron for having the cojones to not only talk passionately about his love for marine exploration but to risk his fortune and life to pursue it. Goes way beyond "big boy's toys" and into the realms of genuinely inspiring. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ ment-17013038 More

Posted by kevtiggersmith on Tuesday March 20, 2012, 13:43

2 While Cameron is good, Scott is EPIC
Both directors are in a class by themselves, but if I had to choose between them when I want to watch Sci-fi; I would pick Ridley Scott for sure! More

Posted by mondain on Thursday March 15, 2012, 17:17

3 Come back JC
I wish James Cameron would make more movies. And more non-sci-fi ones too. I'd love to see his take on World War II. More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday March 14, 2012, 21:34

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:41

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:23

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