Having a story is great but visually bringing it to life is key AND is no easy task…especially when you are doing it for emotions. Yet, Co-Director Ronnie del Carmen and Story Supervisor Josh Cooley (along with their team) did just that for Inside Out. Oh, and they did it really well!

Inside Out Interview with Ronnie

While at Pixar Studios for the #InsideOutEvent I got to chat with both Ronnie & Josh and they shared these 10 Fun Facts about bringing the script of Inside Out to the big screen.

  • The story team has about 8 or 10 people.
  • They are provided a general outline but they have nothing visual and start by telling stories to each other.
  • They basically start with intentions but have no concrete beginning or ending.
  • They create a drawing with different options and if it works, they keep it. If it works once, they’ll do it many times.
  • Trying to figure out what an emotion looked like was hard, They took whatever they were seeing inside their minds and put it on paper. Then, they’d share it, discuss it, change it over and over again.
  • They do pitches on index card
  • When creativity is at a low, they draw caricatures of each other and crack each other up.
  • They’ll do 1 sequence over and over again…by the end, there are hundreds of thousands of drawings
  • It’s a never ending calibration of making movie effortless
  • Josh’s young daughter does the voice of Riley when she was a child.

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Josh then showed us how to drawn Anger…

Inside Out Interview with Josh

Here’s my drawing of Anger, what do you think?

Inside Out Drawing of Anger by Leanette Fernandez

Watching Inside Out is definitely on our Summer 2015 Bucket List! Be on the lookout for it in theaters on 6/19.

Inside Out Poster

Inside Out Official Synopsis:

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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