Deconstructing the Oscar-Nominated Script: 'Inside Out'

A Journey Through PIXAR’s Mind - Undestanding The Script & Development Process
Hosted by Daniel Kendrick

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Daniel Kendrick

Webinar hosted by: Daniel Kendrick

Director of Animation at IDW Entertainment

Daniel Stellan Kendrick is a manager and development executive at Chatrone, a production / management company, which specializes in animation. Originally hailing from San Diego, Daniel moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he graduated with a degree in history and film. He worked at International Creative Management before joining Chatrone in 2012. His clients include writers, artists, and creators that have worked on projects such as Robot Chicken, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lego Movie, and Top Cat. Chatrone’s first animated feature, The Book Of Life, was released in 2014 by FOX. It was nominated for five Annie Awards and a Golden Globe. With offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Chatrone also produces multiple TV series in Latin America. Full Bio »

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You can join Daniel Kendrick, Manager and Development Executive at Chatrone (Golden Globe nominated animation feature film The Book of Life, with animated clients for SpongeBob SquarePants, The Lego Movie, Robot Chicken, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as he deconstructs PIXAR's Oscar-nominated script, Inside Out!

As the second highest grossing PIXAR film ever made and Oscar nominee, what makes Inside Out resonate so deeply with audiences across the world? PIXAR, the world’s premiere animation studio, has yet again managed to produce a smash hit that makes everyone laugh and cry all the way from children to grown adults.

Join your host, Daniel Kendrick as he delves deep to deconstruct the Inside Out script as part of the popular Stage 32 Next Level Education "Deconstructing the Script" series! You will learn the storytelling strategies and techniques PIXAR employs to produce hit after hit award-winning animated features. Daniel will go over the methods by which PIXAR tweaks traditional story structure to compose an enthralling character piece. You will understand the plot points and characterization that makes the fictional inhabitants of a mind in this script so appealing and endearing. You will also understand the visual and poetic appeal of Inside Out and its characters’ journeys.

You will walk away with a solid understanding of all the elements that make Inside Out a successful script including: protagonist, plotlines, characters, dialogue & visuals, set ups & pay offs, animation and overall development. To find out more, click the "What You Will Learn" tab above!

What You'll Learn

DECONSTRUCTING THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

  • The development and creative process for creating an animated feature.
  • What makes Inside Out not only a great premise, but a sellable one as well?
  • Once you have the IDEA, how do you hammer it out?

DECONSTRUCTING THE SCRIPT:

  • How does PIXAR utilize Joseph Campbell's writing to synthesize a compelling hero’s journey?
  • Protagonist - understanding "Joy" as the protagonist and her hero’s journey.
  • Plotlines - understanding the rebirth of our protagonist through great structure with multiple plotlines.
  • Characters - identifying the characters. What makes the characters of Inside Out so identifiable with audiences worldwide?
  • Dialogue & Visuals - How does PIXAR use visual gags and dialogue to enhance the audiences affinity for the characters and to manipulate their emotions?
  • Set Ups and Pay Offs - Identifying them and showing how PIXAR effectively uses set ups and pay offs to give the audience satisfaction.
  • Animation - Key tool to tell the story. How PIXAR utilizes the medium of animation to it’s fullest form in this feature.
  • Animated vs. Live Action - How the animated feature differs from the live action feature.

Recorded Q&A with Daniel!

**Daniel presents detailed analysis of the script and references his own personal margin notes throughout his webinar for you to view. Although it is not required, we recommend that you read the Inside Out script prior to taking Daniel's webinar. You can access the script by clicking here.

About Your Instructor

Daniel Stellan Kendrick is a manager and development executive at Chatrone, a production / management company, which specializes in animation. Originally hailing from San Diego, Daniel moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he graduated with a degree in history and film. He worked at International Creative Management before joining Chatrone in 2012. His clients include writers, artists, and creators that have worked on projects such as Robot Chicken, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lego Movie, and Top Cat. Chatrone’s first animated feature, The Book Of Life, was released in 2014 by FOX. It was nominated for five Annie Awards and a Golden Globe. With offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Chatrone also produces multiple TV series in Latin America.

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Daniel Kendrick truly connected with why Inside Out is likely to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Subtext with Joy and Sadness. Unique introductions to the characters. And proper sadness over the sacrifice of Bing Bong.

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