I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to movies. The more I know about the process of making a particular film the more that film holds a special place in my heart. At the #DisneyPixarEvent we met with Louis Gonzales who went over the basics in what making the film go from Page to Screen. He called them the “milestones of our story process”. “That’s the outline, the research that goes into our stories. The beat boards that we use to start to really solidify the story. The script pages that we use to give the characters a voice.” I’ll let Mr. Gonzales give you a bit more information:
Starting a storyboard scenes where we actually start to develop the, you know, we actually make it look cinematic, so it’s more like a movie. And then editorial is where it really becomes a movie, that’s where the sound effects, you know, dialogue and all that kind of stuff like that. And that is all in service of getting to the progression reel which is our end milestone, that’s what we show, that’s what gets critiqued, that’s what gets us to make the movies and tell the stories that we tell.
So after they go through all of that process they get a few storyboards together. Which Disney has kindly shared with us below:
Now they kind of know what the story is going to be about. So they need MORE…..
You know, even though she lives in a kingdom, a castle in Scotland. Uh, the castle could look something like this. This is all art generated that, you know, they might hire an artist to, uh, come and give a sense of, like, you know, what the look could be. You know, we don’t want the Cinderella castle, we want a very earthy castle. You know, the forest could be very ancient trees, very overgrown. And feel very old world. A lot of moss growth, you know, something that feels not primitive but, you know, very, very lush. We know we want, we have a sense of magic of some sort in this world because it’s, you know, it’s a story, you know, set back in 900 A.D., there’s gonna be a little bit of that.
And so we pitch that and we get the thumbs up from the creative board to keep moving on. Right? When they say keep moving on, they give us the opportunity now to go from an outline to a full fleshed story. They give us the budget to start to research. Buy books, buy movies. Uh, talk to people. And sometimes even go on trips.
Now let’s take a look at some Castle Progressions. They started with a castle they had seen in Scotland on their research trip and went from there.
So now you know a little bit more about what it takes to bring a story from page to screen. 🙂 Pretty interesting right?
***Disclosure: I attended #DisneyPixarEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine.***