PIXAR STORYTELLING is the first book to offer an in-depth analysis of the screenwriting techniques and patterns that make Pixar’s immensely popular classic films so successful and moving. Each chapter of the book explores an aspect of storytelling that Pixar excels at. Learn what Pixar’s core story ideas all have in common, how they create compelling, moving conflict and what makes their films’ resolutions so emotionally satisfying.

First released in October 2015, the book has sold nearly 10,000 copies without any marketing or PR. PIXAR STORYTELLING is taught on campuses worldwide, from Norway to Argentina, to Northwestern’s Qatar extension, and is cited in works and books from Finland to the US to Russia. It has been translated into Vietnamese, and is being translated into Russian.

PIXAR STORYTELLING has proven to be an inspiring, insightful, approachable, and popular book, which can be used as a gift, a manual and a textbook. You can purchase PIXAR STORYTELLING on Amazon, or contact me for a direct order.


“The book is a fun, useful read. At just 122 pages, you can digest the whole thing in a weekend and be ready on Monday to bring some new life to your latest script. One of the benefits of examining script techniques through a specific set of films is that the lessons all become immediately applicable. Dean has an example for virtually every point he makes, so if you’ve seen even half of Pixar’s movies, you’ll be able to get the most possible out of this book.”

—LA Screenwriter

“The last one on this list is undoubtedly Pixar Storytelling which gives you an effective set of rules for excellent storytelling based on Pixar’s greatest films. This book divided into 10 chapters gives the aspiring author an insight into the common core of Pixar’s works—story ideas, creation of a conflict that is both moving and gripping and the ultimate resolution that comes about fulfilling the emotional needs of the readers and viewers.”

—7 Books You Must Read If You Want To Become An Author (Twenty19)

“A great textbook that teaches you what Pixar’s core story ideas all have in common and examines their character development process, unique, intricate story structure and use of theme, all of which are key to the studio’s storytelling achievements.”

— The Animation Bibles (Animataurus - A Close-up on Animation)

“No studio in history has cranked out as many hits in a row as Pixar that not only succeeded with global audiences but also with typically irascible film critics. This book spells out their formula in language even we marketers can understand!”

—9 Resources for Brand Storytellers (Renegade)