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 »
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Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
Pixar’s new film Inside Out is nothing quite like any film the studio has made before. It tells a story that takes place in dual worlds. One world looks a lot like our own; there, a young girl named Riley finds her world turned upside down when her family moves cross-country just as she hits a period of new emotional growth. The other world is inside Riley’s head, where five primary emotions guide her newly rocky life. One is fairly realistic; the other very cartoonish. The contrast between the two gives the movie an unusual feel, especially as the events in each “world” become more difficult for the characters.
Last week I flew up to San Francisco then made the trip across the bay to Emeryville, and Pixar’s campus. There I saw the first hour of Inside Out, and sat in on a number of short interview sessions with heads of several departments that contributed to the film, culminating with a talk with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. All together they gave a fairly complete portrait of the Inside Out behind the scenes process. We’ll feature our talk with Docter and Rivera soon, but first let’s look at the technical departments at Pixar. Here are the 40 things we learned during our Inside Out behind the scenes visit. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Anyone disappointed by Pixar’s recent focus on sequels should be looking forward to Inside Out, which features what might be the studio’s most original premise yet. Directed by Pete Docter, the new adventure follows the five emotions residing within the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.
They are Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader), and they’re currently guiding her through a rough move to San Francisco. But when things go wrong at HQ, the emotions embark on a journey to set things right. Watch the new Inside Out trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
While everyone else was glued to the Super Bowl, Pixar’s Inside Out gang was scoping out the Puppy Bowl. Needless to say, the different emotions (voiced by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, and Mindy Kaling) reacted in very different ways. Watch the Inside Out Puppy Bowl trailer after the jump. Read More »
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When you start thinking about the narrative possibilities in Pixar’s Inside Out, a headache may be in your future. The film is set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, as her five primary emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger – navigate through her life. So the film will visually represent how numerous functions of your mind work. Things like how you learn, remember, recall old memories, dream, react, move, literally anything you do as a human being can fit into this idea for a movie. It’s mind-boggling.
A new image from Inside Out has just come online showing how one of those things works in the movie. The image shows how the emotions sit down and watch a memory from the past. Check out the new Inside Out image below. Read More »
The first trailer for Pixar’s summer 2015 release, Inside Out, was really more a reminder of the film’s existence. “Hey, remember us? I know we don’t have a movie in 2014, but we’ve done really awesome work in the past, and next year we’ve got something special for you.”
Now there’s a second look at the Pete Docter-directed film. This one is almost more of a tease because it only touches upon the main characters and doesn’t mention the story. Instead, it focus on the concept – that the emotions in your head are characters. But it’s two minutes of funny, beautiful footage from the movie. With seven months until release, that’ll do.
Check out the new Inside Out trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
Pixar’s Inside Out will be all about the emotions guiding 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), but it’ll also feature some of the outside influences that figure into her thinking — namely her parents, who’ll be voiced by Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane. And the film will go inside their minds as well.
Hit the jump for more about the Inside Out parents, including details on what their emotional headquarters will look like and new comments from writer/director Pete Docter about the story. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Most Pixar movies are emotional experiences, in that they inspire what the kids used to call “all the feels.” But their next film Inside Out is an emotional experience in a more literal sense, as it delves into the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.
Living within are five primary emotions that drive her: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Anger (Lewis Black). Get to know all of them as Pixar begins to release new Inside Out character posters. (We’ll update this post as more posters arrive.) Read More »