Pixar Studios Drop by UNLV for ‘Inside Out’ Preview
Pixar Studios’ newest blockbuster movie “Inside Out” doesn’t hit theaters for nearly a month, but UNLV film enthusiasts were treated to a preview hosted by some very special guests.
About two hundred film enthusiasts filled a dim auditorium, all unable to patiently wait to hear from their childhood heroes.
On April 21, three members of Pixar Animation Studios — director Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen and film producer Jonas Rivera, known for their work on “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Up,” paid a visit to UNLV to screen a special preview for their newest animated feature film “Inside Out.”
The film focuses on the characters Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear, emotions who all live inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.
Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen, and Jonas Rivera opened the event with an introduction about the concept of the film.
“‘Inside Out” is a journey inside someone’s head,” Docter said.
The Academy Award-winning director, along with film producer Rivera and co-director Carmen spoke candidly, as they reflected on their journeys from awkward teens who loved cartoons and flipbooks to filmmakers whose work continues to engage audiences of all ages.
The trio welcomed students inside the world of Pixar’s intricate filmmaking process through a “family slideshow.” A presentation documenting the progression from film pitches to the last trimmings of releasing this film. The screen showcased photographs of whiteboards covered in doodles of characters ideas, storyboards littered with Post-it notes and colorful index cards, and clay sculptures of each film character on display.
“Nearly four years ago we were scriptwriting,” Carmen said.
The event focused on many values that Pixar holds as a company.
“Every time we start, we want to surprise people with something new. We want to find something to take to the audiences something that they’ve never seen before,” Docter said.
The filmmakers unveiled the highly-anticipated preview of the first seven minutes of the film. The audience laughed throughout each scene, as they were introduced to the main characters appropriately named Joy, Disgust, Fear, Anger, and Sadness.
“The most important thing to us are the characters and the story,” Rivera said. “These are all strong, opinionated characters, if we do this right they could be like the seven dwarfs.”
After speaking about the uniqueness of each character, the Pixar team spoke about their their personal experiences with working with stars Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Lewis Black — the actors who voice the characters in the film.
Not unlike the heart of the film, emotions are at the core of Pixar’s work. It’s what draws audiences into their brand.
“It’s Pixar,” said UNLV student Travis Lohmann. “They are continuing to provide motion pictures with emotional content.”
The event concluded with a question and answer segment which allowed students, some dressed in “Up” and “Monster’s Inc.” shirts to share their personal stories about growing up with watching these animated films, and ask advice on filmmaking and animation.
One simple piece of advice stood out.
“I’m working with all of these amazing people,” Docter said. “I’m thankful, I have a sense of gratitude and compassion. It’s a practice of being aware. I try to be a good person because the movie is going to be about you in some way.”
“Inside Out” opens in theaters everywhere on June 19.
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