Remember how I got to visit to Pixar Studios in San Francisco? While I was there I had the opportunity to sit down with Production Designer, Ralph Eggleston, to learn about what it took to answer a question very important to the creation of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out.
What does the mind look like?
Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out: What Does the Mind Look Like?
You can look at photos of the physical aspects of the brain, but that really doesn’t show what the MIND looks like, does it? The single biggest challenge in the creation of the world of Inside Out was figuring out what the mind looked like. After all, wasn’t about the physical qualities of the brain but figuring out how to make the concept of “the mind” visual was a huge challenge.
Not only that, but it needed to be entertaining for both kids and adults!
I saw quite a bit of the film, and I’m going to say Eggleston definitely brought the idea of the mind to life!
Real World Textures versus Mind World Textures
One of the keys to distinguishing the real world from Riley’s mind in the movie was the use of texture!
When we’re watching life in the real world we see:
• hard surfaces
• muted colors
• low contrast
• visually complex
We also see the color in the scenes become less and less saturated as Riley grows up. Think about how your childhood memories fade as you grow up, doesn’t life feel less bright sometimes?
In the mind world we see:
• soft surfaces
• highly saturated colors
• high contrast
• organic patterns that are caricatured
When you’re watching Inside Out be sure to watch out for some other things that helped create the world of Riley’s mind!
• The bubbly aura of the emotions, especially Joy. It was inspired by photographs of champagne bubbles!
• Headquarters as a light source almost like the sun. The sun of the mind!
• Check out the Train of Thought! It went through 284 designs before they found the one that fit the movie best!
• Gossamer spider webs with dew drops inspired the look of the memory spheres. Have you ever wondered what your memories look like?
Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out hits theaters on June 19th! I know I’ll be there as I’m cannot wait to see the film in it’s entirety!