This is the 3rd post where we take our readers what goes on BEHIND THE SCENES at PIXAR. Make sure you check out the first post in the series as well as the second post. This post is all about: PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT: Hear from Screenwriter Meg LaFauve and Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann how the story gets developed and boarded.
What is Storyboarding
Storboarding has been around for years. Way back when Walt Disney himself was doing it, even then it was the easiest way to get all of the story artists on the same page. It is still used today although we learned at PIXAR that they use new technology. While this technology and new programs is great it was having the artists go back to their offices and do their scene. That’s when Director Pete Sohn came up with the idea of basically everyone coming together again and riffing ideas off each other or as they call it in PIXAR speak “plussing an idea.” He basically said, “Let’s tear down these walls and all work together”- as Kelsey told it. This worked great and the ideas began to flow more freely.
Pitching the story
Once they have a basic idea of the story, next comes the pitching phase. Meg and Kelsey “pitched” us a scene and even used a squeaker toy as a noisemaker so we could understand a certain noise in the story. It was FASCINATING. I can’t imagine the feel of being in that room with all of those creative people when the story is first coming together. The electricity would be palpable.
Then the story goes through the “brain trusts” and several revisions until they get it just right. The jokes land, the story progresses, the animation comes together, the lighting is perfect, the voices and sounds added. Quite a long progression from a short scene, right? Now think of that scene I just mentioned and here is the final:
The Good Dinosaur
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo
(voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Opens Nov. 25 2015
***Disclosure: I attended the #GoodDinoEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***