DISCLOSURE: DISNEY PROVIDED ME WITH AN EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE INSIDE OUT EVENT IN EXCHANGE FOR MY REVIEW OF THE EVENTS OF THE TRIP. NO OTHER COMPENSATION IS GIVEN. THE OPINIONS, EXPERIENCES AND MY LOVE FOR DISNEY EXPRESSED IN MY POSTS ARE 100% MINE. P.S. THE VOICES IN MY HEAD DIDN’T INFLUENCE ME EITHER…AT LEAST I DON’T THINK THEY DID…SMILE.
Getting Animated: The Animators Point of View #InsideOutEvent
During my visit to Sunny San Francisco and while on the gorgeous campus of Pixar Animation Studios, I had the pleasure of sitting down with 4 of the animators for Pixar’s upcoming animation Inside Out (In Theaters June 19, 2015). This chat consisted of Supervising Animators Shawn Krause & Victor Navone, Directing Animator Jamie Roe and Story Artist Tony Fucile, – the four of them gave the 25 of us a behind the scenes look at the Animators point of view.
First of all, let me tell you that everything about Pixar and Disney seems to be plush and comfortable. We met with these animators in this really nice comfy room,with comfy chairs – like big comfy chairs that you could fold your legs up in and still be relaxed. The room seats about 45 people and resembles a small theater. In my mind this is part of Disney/Pixar’s effort to create an amazing work atmosphere that would then allow the creativity of their employees to just blossom. And that is exactly what is done daily during the Animator Dailies.
So what is the Animator Dailies you may ask? Well, each day the animators meet up in this plush room to go over their work. The clips are watched by Pete Docter (Director of Inside Out) and he would provide feedback on how to perfect the animations. These daily meetings not only helped with making sure the animations were consistent, but also kept the production of the movie on track. Another benefit of dailies is that if an animator is stuck, the feedback from the team could literally give that animator an idea and they would be able to get “unstuck” for a lack of better words. I personally love this process as I tell my friends all the time If I have an idea and you have an idea, we each only have ONE IDEA. But if we share our ideas with one another, we now have expanded our options tremendously to a wealth of new ideas. This concept applies to the animation process as well. Could you imagine how many ideas are bounced around in a room with that many animators? Definitely an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing.
Fun Inside Out Facts:
- There are only about 45 Animators that worked on Inside Out, this is a small crew in comparison to past Pixar Films.
- It took approximately 2 weeks to get just one frame approved
- About an hour was spent daily during the dailies for Inside Out.
- Dailies took place at 9 am every day, either the shots were approved or notes were made on how to improve the shots.
- Tony Fucile voices a “windy” character in Inside Out
- It took a year and a half to animate Inside Out
Are you ready to see Inside Out? I know I am and can’t wait until June 19th. But in the meantime while we are waiting follow Inside Out on all of their social media and check out this clip.
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