inside out behind the scenes

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 »

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The Bear and The Bow

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