Sound of Inside Out

While there’s plenty of sound design, editing and recording that has to be done for live-action movies, the job seems a little more difficult when it comes to feature-length animated films. Every single sound you hear has to be manufactured for the film. And that job gets exponentially harder when you have to give sound to a location you’ve thought about, but have never been to, like the inside of an 11-year old girl’s mind.

That’s the challenge that faced director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera and supervising sound editor Shannon Mills from Skywalker Sound with Pixar’s latest film Inside Out. And now SoundWorks Collection dives into how the sounds of the movie were created, and as you would expect, it’s very fascinating. Learn about the sound of Inside Out after the jump! Read More »

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Inside Out easter eggs

We hope you’ve had time to see Pixar Animation‘s latest triumph, Inside Out, in theaters. It’s one of the best movies of the year so far, and there’s a good chance it will make several year-end lists for being one of the best of 2015 overall.

And like every Pixar movie, it’s ripe with easter eggs referencing all of the animation studio’s movies that came before it. Some are hard to spot, others are pretty easy to see. And we run through as many of them as we can below. Check out all the Inside Out easter eggs after the jump! Read More »

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Pete Docter has been making movies for almost thirty years. In that time, he’s directed three features. Two of those have been produced by Jonas Rivera. One of those films won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. The latest one might do the same.

That latest film is Inside Out, Pixar’s 15th creation, which is now in theaters. Co-written and directed by Doctor and produced by Rivera, it follows five emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl. As a follow up to both Monsters Inc., Docter’s first film, and Up, Rivera and Docter’s first team-up, Inside Out already has a ton to live up to. Then there’s the fact it’s the first Pixar movie since 2013, and the first original property since 2012. That’s a ton of expectations on top of the already-high bar Pixar has set in the past 20 years.

Speaking with Docter and Rivera, we talked about those expectations. We also talked about how large the movie got before focusing it down, developing the story, animation challenges, Saturday Night Live, Michael Giacchino and theme parks. It’s a wide spreading conversation, which you can now read below. Read More »

bill hader Inside Out Fear

Bill Hader has yet to make a bad move. After crushing Saturday Night Live for years, he started with small parts in memorable movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. He graduated to lead voice work with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, then went against type in the dramatic The Skeleton Twins. Later this summer, gets his first romantic lead in Trainwreck. He’s also both a credited writer and voice in Pixar’s Inside Out, his second film with the studio and will follow that up with some more voice work and a role in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. Not a bad run.

In Inside Out, Hader plays Fear, one of Riley’s five emotions that helps her get through the day. Earlier versions of the film had Fear as one of the two leads, but that didn’t end up happening. We asked Hader about that change, how he picks projects, working with Spielberg as well as the place he thinks Pixar holds in film history. Read our full Bill Hader Inside Out interview below. Read More »

Inside Out

“We’ve done outer space, we’ve done the ocean, but the biggest set we’ve ever created is inside the mind of an 11 year old girl.” That’s Pete Docter, the co-writer and director of Inside Out, the latest film from Pixar. As Docter says, the film is set in the mind of an 11-year-old girl, giving the filmmakers an infinite canvas to work on, which was both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is the absolute creative freedom. The curse is there’s so much freedom, it’s hard to keep things focused, and one small change can affect the entire movie.

Over the course of the better part of a decade, Inside Out took many forms before the final version that hits theaters this weekend. And below, Docter, along with producer Jonas Rivera and star Bill Hader, told us about some ideas they had for the film, but then never made it in. Read about the alternate Inside Out ideas below. Read More »

Inside Out theme park

The only thing that takes longer to make than a Pixar movie is the subsequent ride at Disney World. In the past, rides have been developed in tandem with films. These days, the people who create the rides – Imagineers – wait to see if a film becomes important or successful enough before plans move ahead for a permanent place in the theme park. But that doesn’t stop the filmmakers from thinking about it.

According to Inside Out director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, 45 minutes after first pitching their film, they were on the phone with Imagineering telling them about the idea. While there’s nothing yet confirmed about an Inside Out presence in the parks, the duo told us about their dream integration for Inside Out into Disney parks, which includes an idea that was cut out of the film. Read the Inside Out theme park talk below. Read More »

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This week we’ve got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel’s developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter about Pixar’s Inside Out, a new director for Jonny Quest, trailers for The End of the Tour and the remake of Point Break, and much more. Hit the jump to get caught up on a week’s worth of the biggest stories.

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Inside Out Director Interview

Filmmaking often comes down to one thing: guiding the audience. What do we see, and when, and why? With Pixar, which has the power to create all its images from nothing, there’s always a process of guiding the audience eye to settle on one particular part of the image, no matter how many appealing details may color the margins.

That image control is part of storytelling guidance, too, and often a cover for the real heart of the matter. Pixar’s films use big concepts — toys that have their own lives we never see, a rat who loves to cook, an adventure in a flying house — as a portal to concepts that are much more difficult to capture in a single image or marketing push.

Inside Out has had a very specifically guided path. We know the film is about the five emotions, Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear, who guide the responses a young girl named Riley has to her changing world. We know Joy is in the lead, but trailers for the film already show us that the core of the movie has Joy and Sadness literally going to the center of their own world — Riley’s mind — on a journey of discovery.

Six weeks ago I went up to Pixar’s campus in Emeryville, CA, to join a few other editors to sit in on sessions with department heads who worked on Inside Out. Our last session was with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. The pair discussed the creation of the film, but  Read More »

Inside Out

Pixar never stopped being good, but for a little while it stopped being great. Cars 2 was the first Pixar movie to get a “Rotten” score, and while Brave and Monsters University fared better they couldn’t live up to the likes of Up and Wall-E.

So there’s a lot riding on Pete Docter‘s Inside Out, which with its inventive premise and emotional appeal, looks like a potential return to form for the studio. And now that the film has made its debut at Cannes, it seems our hopes were not misplaced. Get the Inside Out early buzz after the jump.  Read More »