A little over a month ago I was honored to be in San Francisco with an amazing group of bloggers to learn about Disney/ Pixar’s upcoming release Inside Out. Just being inside Pixar Animation Stuidios was a dream come true, so imagine my excitement when we got an inside look of the animation from the creative minds and artists behind it. Throughout the next month I will be sharing with you all the behind the scenes information that we learned about this adorable animation and so much more!
One of my favorite interviews was with Ralph Eggleston. He is a production design at Pixar. He is one of the first people on the film and one of the last people off. He coordinates with the director how to visually represent the story. Together they design the visual themes, contrasts, characters, lighting, sets, texture, hair, and costumes from scratch!
The biggest challenge of Inside Out was letting the audience know when they go from the real world (Minnesota and San Francisco) to the mind world ( Inside Riley’s head). He showed us the difference as he pointed to the color scripts behind him. They literally had to make two films. The real world and the mind world.
Real world is very textural with hard surfaces that reflects light. There is low contrast with not a lot of highlights. You can see an example of what the real world looks like in the image below.
Mind world is the opposite. It has high contrast and a lot of saturation as you can see from the photo below. The characters are in headquarters looking out into Riley’s head. The islands of personality that you see are big events in Riley’s personality.
Eggleston also told us about the particles that are found around the characters. The idea for the particles came because Joy is like a sparkler, she has a champagne bubble quality. They liked the idea so much they decided to add the particles to the other characters, but just not as much. You can really get a feel of the particles in the concept art of Joy below.
This film is truly magical, and I cannot wait to share about Inside Out with you including interviews with the lighting team, animators, and director!
Inside Out is in theaters everywhere June 19th!