When I sat down to watch the beginning of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out on my trip to San Francisco, I easily got lost in the magic of Riley’s mind and emotions. The script was perfect and it all seemed to come together so effortlessly.
Creating Inside Out
But when it comes to films, the creation process isn’t quite as smooth as you might think. One person doesn’t write a script and then hand it off to be animated. There isn’t a finished script until the movie is done! And there are thousands of sketches and ideas that go into the process that never even make it to the screen! Sounds frustrating right? Does it make you angry?
So how did Inside Out come to life?
It started with stories of the writers’ lives as parents. They held writers workshops to share the stories. Then the drawing started. Animators ask themselves some questions, including:
- What do the stories look like?
- What do the emotions associated with them look like?
- What jobs do the emotions have?
- What does their environment look like?
The goal was to show what’s happening on the inside and how it shows on the outside. Show the drama on the inside, how it is for Riley on the outside, and repeat.
And that’s how Inside Out came to life. Sounds simple right?
Except that there can be hundreds of thousands of drawings for a single film. And those are just the ones that are numbered! It’s a neverending effort to make the movie feel effortless when we all sit and watch it.
I think the writers and animators got it right with this one!
Inside Out hit theaters on June 19th and you don’t want to miss it! Make plans to see it with your family! And learn more about the movie by connecting with Inside Out on Facebook and following Disney/Pixar on Twitter @DisneyPixar!