What grips you when it comes to television, film, novels, and music? Is it the characters? The plot? Perhaps it’s different with each medium and project, but there are common themes among creators. Multiple directors of the Disney+ Launchpad series have shared what they believe to be the most important aspects of storytelling.
Season 1 of Launchpad on Disney+ features six short films that all fall under the theme “Discover.” I spoke with the directors for an interview with CinemaBlend, and they shared the most important aspects of storytelling. Here is what Ann Marie Pace, writer and director of Growing Fangs said:
The message of Ann Marie Pace’s Growing Fangs is to embrace one’s identity, celebrate uniqueness and see it as beautiful, which is on par with her sentiment that authenticity and vulnerability is the most important aspect of storytelling. She also mentions how stories become more universal with more details, which seems counterintuitive but when you think about a really specific experience like being the center of attention in school when wishing you could disappear, it makes total sense that a large group of people will be able to relate to that feeling.
Stefanie Abel Horowitz wrote and directed Let’s Be Tigers, a film that sheds light on how to cope with grief. Horowitz also spoke of creating something that lots of people are able to relate to. In her words:
As Horowitz states, she feels most alive when inside of a community, and this is what we see depicted in her film. Let’s Be Tigers shows a woman who feels very alone, but when she spends an evening babysitting this little boy it awakens a light and energy inside her. Even if viewers have not experienced the specific relationship depicted on screen, they can relate to the emotions felt through their own relationships.
This thread of authenticity and relatability is continued by Aqsa Altaf, writer and director of American Eid, which follows young Ameena on her mission to get days off school to celebrate Eid after moving to the United States. Altaf takes this a step further by inciting action. Here’s what she told CinemaBlend is the most important aspect of storytelling:
That is exactly the power of storytelling: getting invested in the characters and wondering what can be done with what you’ve just seen, heard, felt, and learned. No matter what part of the story draws you in and hooks you, all of the Launchpad shorts are sure to leave a mark. Season 1 of Launchpad is now streaming on Disney+.
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