Last week I shared a bit about what I learned about the creation of the world of Disney/ PIXAR’s Inside Out. Riley’s mind is really an amazing place and I think you’ll fall in love with her emotions — Joy, Sadness, Anger, Grief, and Disgust. I have to admit that they all have their loveable sides! The movie will leave you feeling like the mind is truly a magical place. But how did they set the stage for such magic?
Setting the Stage for Disney/ Pixar’s Inside Out
I’ll admit that when I sit down in the movie theater, I don’t think a lot about the work that went into creating the visual impact. I just relax and enjoy the movie. But learning more about how the magic was created definitely gave me a greater appreciation for the world of Inside Out.
So how did they do it?
Inside World versus Outside World
Director of Photography Patrick Lin explained that there was an obvious need for us to be able to distinguish between the more realistic world that Riley lives her daily life in from what’s going on inside her mind at the same time. It’s really all about contrast and here are a few ways the visual language of the movie helps us get caught up in each world:
- Inside the mind is virtual and perfect while outside is much more realistic and imperfect.
- They use less lens distortion when filming the inside world than scenes set in the outside world.
- Watch the focus in the scenes — in the mind the focus is spot on and in the real world it’s more imperfect.
- The movement of the camera inside the mind is also more dreamy and less rigid than the more mechanical camera movement of scenes shot of the outside world.
I learned that the style of the camera movement has a huge impact on the scene of a movie. It definitely helps create the definition of each world and lends to the magic feeling of the mind in Inside Out.
Lighting Up Joy
Lighting is another aspect that truly helps bring the magic of Inside Out to life. If you’ve seen the movie trailer, you’ve meet the character of Joy. She is amazing and I like to think Joy is the emotion that guides me most of the time. And throughout Inside Out, she is a guiding force. So lighting such an important character took some extra work.
Here’s how they figured out how to light a character who was also a light source in the world she lives in!
- Lighting designers shaped Joy with color from warm on one side to cool on the other.
- All of the emotion characters, including Joy, have “inner glow” colors that give them that glowing look.
- Joy also casts light on other characters, props, and the set as she walks through scenes.
Lighting Artist Angelique Reisch explained that they were able to use a brand new technology to turn the shape of the character of Joy into a light that can cast onto the set! Pretty cool!
So while camera movement and character staging can give the story definition and meaning, lighting also plays a huge part. It directs your eye, creates depth, and even enhances the mood, atmosphere, and drama of a scene!
I loved learning how these little details play a huge part in creating the magical world inside Riley’s mind!
So be sure to check out Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, in theaters June 19th, and see how the Real World compares to the Mind World. Then you can think about what your own mind might look like!
Tell which emotion is guiding you today!