Thursday, April 23, 2015

'Lava' Director James Ford Murphy to Present & Educate at the San Francisco International Film Festival

Today marks the beginning of the 58th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival which has been held each spring since being founded in 1957. Interestingly, this makes the festival the longest running film festival in the Americas. The wonderful Bay Area event showcases hundreds of films with live events and numerous filmmakers in attendance to create an experience for the attendees.

On April 26 at 10:00 AM PST the festival will kick off their Shorts 5: Family Films program and will include eleven films put together by some extremely talented teams. James Ford Murphy (Director) will be on-hand to present Pixar's newest musical short film, Lava, and we certainly hope Murphy will bring along his ukulele to serenade the audience with a portion of the song from the film. After the screening Murphy will greet and sign autographs for fans in attendance.

You may also notice a former Pixar employee's name jump out at you as well when reviewing list of films being screened at the event. Saschka Unseld, director of The Blue Umbrella, will also be screening his latest creation, Home. The full list of short films are listed below.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

'Inside Out' Soundtrack Releasing on June 16

June 16 is shaping up to be a great day for Inside Out. In addition to the recently announced special advanced screening of the film taking place across hundreds of movie theaters, Amazon has now updated a release date for the film's soundtrack (also June 16). As of now, an official cover for the soundtrack or an individual track listing have not been revealed, but we'll be sure to update this information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, be sure to pre-order your copy of the soundtrack on Amazon and check out our post highlighting each of the songs featured in the official trailers to get ready for the release.

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What Is That Song Called? The 'Inside Out' Trailer Song List
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'Inside Out' Press Event Overview

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Episode 036 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our Chat with Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen & More 'Inside Out' News

In episode 036 of the Pixar Post Podcast we chat about our continued experience at the Inside Out press event, where we bring you our interview with Ronnie Del Carmen (Inside Out co-Director) and Josh Cooley (Inside Out - Story Supervisor). We also chat about the Inside Out advance screening opportunity, Ratatouille in Concert and so much more.

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  • Starting at 3:00 into the podcast, we kick off by discussion by chatting about Ratatouille in Concert.
  • At 10:25 into the show, we chat about Ed Catmull's potential to have his likeness cast in wax for Madame Tussauds as well as my personal meeting Ed at the Studios.
  • At 16:08 into the podcast, we chat about the new French trailer for Inside Out along with some of the Easter Eggs which were spotted in the trailer.
  • At 20:10 into the discussion, we chat about the special advance screening of Inside Out on June 16 (3 days before it's broad theatrical release) as well as the live Q&A session and 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
  • At 22:37 into the show, we discuss our thoughts as well as Brad Bird's comments regarding Dolby Vision - the latest Dolby technology that produces superior visual projection of films in theaters. Inside Out will be the second film projected with this technology.
  • At 25:28 into the show, we discuss the potential of Josh Cooley's Inside Out Blu-Ray release of Riley's First Date.
Ronnie Del Carmen discussing the challenges of developing Inside Out
Josh Cooley's storyboard presentation

Inside Out Interview with Ronnie Del Carmen and Josh Cooley

  • Starting at 27:36 into the podcast we being our chat about our experience in the story review sessions for the press event - covering our thoughts on the room, the process and insights from the interview. The interview itself begins at 33:21 into the show.

Josh Cooley sketching Anger
Bill Hader (actor, comedian, voice actor of Fear) and the Pixar story team

Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the episode below and stay tuned as we'll be releasing audio from all of our group and one-on-one interviews from the press event with even more tips, details and fun from the Inside Out event.

Feel free to listen to the Podcast using the player below, subscribe and listen directly in iTunes, or subscribe and listen on Stitcher.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What do Ed Catmull, a Wax Statue and Madame Tussauds have in common? - Updated

Madame Tussauds in San Francisco is looking to immortalize a new Bay Area tech innovator into their wax figure line-up - and Pixar's very own Ed Catmull is in contention. According to Examiner, fans have the opportunity to nominate their technological icon (with a large Bay Area presence) until April 23. Catmull would be a great addition to the San Francisco attraction given his computer science and texture mapping background (Catmull-Clark algorithm) that has changed the future of the animation industry. Other popular Bay Area tech innovators who have also received nominations include Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Wired Magazine co-founder Jane Metcalfe.

Beginning on April 24, Madame Tussauds will open a second round of voting for fans to then cast their vote on the ten finalists. The winner will be announced on May 26, 2015 with their likeness cast in wax at the Madame Tussauds in Fisherman's Wharf.

UPDATED April 24 - Voting for the next Bay Area tech innovator is now open. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite innovator until May 19 - with the winner announced on May 26.

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Special Early 'Inside Out' Screenings to Feature Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Inside Out is set for a theatrical release date of June 19, but wouldn't you love the chance to see it a few days earlier? According to TheWrap, a unique early screening of the full-length feature film (along with the short Lava) will hit hundreds of movie theaters across the U.S. on Tuesday, June 16 - three days prior to its official release. This exclusive one-night event will include a LIVE Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler - whom will be present via satellite from their Australian press tour. The screening which will be presented by Disney and Fathom Events will also feature 15-minutes of bonus behind-the-scenes footage which is sure to delight fans.
“So many people contribute to a movie like this and we can’t wait to share a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes — it’s a long journey, but it’s so much fun " - Docter stated to TheWrap. “We’re excited to offer moviegoers the ultimate fan experience for ‘Inside Out’ and an exclusive look into the creation of the film,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey added. “Hearing the cast and crew discuss the film live from Australia is an opportunity not to be missed.”

Tickets will be available for purchase on May 15 and while a full list of participating theaters has yet to be released - you can sign up for email/text notices from Fathom Events or continue to follow Pixar Post for all the latest information on this great event.

Pixar Post - Julie

New French 'Inside Out' Trailer Features Riley's Classmates and Easter Eggs

Each of the previously released Inside Out trailers have centered around a particular mood or theme from the film, but the new French trailer is a great contrast focusing on Riley's world outside of her mind (via The Official Disney France YouTube channel). The new footage highlights Riley's classroom and classmates which makes you feel those first day of school jitters all over again. From the character design of the classmates to Riley's outward timidness, you get the sense that this large city school is drastically different from her midwestern roots.

As we noted back in March, Pixar released a few Fun Facts about Inside Out and while we thought we'd have to wait for the theatrical release to spot one, we were pleasantly surprised to have notice a few from the list- including an additional Easter Egg. If you look closely at one of Riley's classmates you'll notice that his camouflage shirt is comprised of Toy Story characters (pictured above you can see Rex). Speaking of Toy Story, did you happen to notice that one of the classmates in the same photo is wearing a similar skull design shirt? Finding these Easter Eggs definitely has us excited to spot more when Inside Out hits theaters on June 19, 2015.

Be sure to share your thoughts and join numerous conversations on Inside Out with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum.

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- Spanish Inside Out Trailer Focuses on How Emotions Are Created
- Inside Out to Premiere at Cannes Film Festival

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Ratatouille in Concert Coming Soon To Concert Halls Near You

Image courtesy of CAMI

Fans of the highly-celebrated Pixar in Concert series are in for a special treat as CAMI (the organization behind the Pixar in Concert series) recently announced that Ratatouille in Concert will be the next iteration in the Symphonic Cinema Project list. Ratatouille has always stood out for its strong visual appeal, but the soundtrack (composed by Michael Giacchino) is brilliant in its own regard as well. The soundtrack soars with its French-inspired themes and balance of quiet, introspective moments compared against the peppy suspense of the Remy and Chef Skinner chase scenes.

For the first time ever, Disney and Pixar release their Academy Award winning film RATATOUILLE in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score by composer Michael Giacchino is performed live by symphony orchestra. This live orchestra event is an experience to savor as the movie cooks up delectable moments again and again.

Image courtesy of CAMI

So, when will the performances start hitting concert halls near you? Although no official release dates have been announced as of yet, Maria Giacchino (Michael's publicist and event manager - concerts and appearance) noted that the launch would be October 2015 (starting in Paris, followed by international dates thereafter).

Are you excited for the news? Will you be heading to a concert hall near you to catch the performance? We know we will!

Pixar Post - T.J.