January 8, 2016

Editing Pixar's 'Inside Out' to Remove the 'Inside' Parts

Inside Out Riley
While Riley is the main human character in Inside Out, Joy and the rest of the emotions in her head steal the show.

There are essentially two stories happening simultaneously, but what if you removed all of the inside story? That's exactly what  did when it was requested on Reddit to remove those scenes, and fittingly, he's studying to become an editor. Here's the video (and if you haven't seen the film, this does spoil some of it, but since much of the story is happening inside her head, there's still a large portion that's missing): 

There are some transitions that happen between the inside and outside that were turned into hard cuts, which is why certain parts of the video are so rough. Something I noticed while watching the film is how significantly Riley's emotions change when the characters in her head do something, and when you remove those characters, the changes are even more apparent.

It's really a testament to the filmmakers, Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, that they were able to create two simultaneous stories that keep our attention. This may or may not have to do with being an adult, but I actually preferred the outside parts with Riley, and I felt her arc was a bit stronger. 

What's interesting is that Riley's story could very easily be its own film, and we got a brief glimpse of it here. If the human story was the only one on-screen, it would have been less colorful and likely a lot less funny, but it's possible it would have had a more powerful impact on the children watching it. Either way, that's not quite the story the filmmakers were telling, and there was additional growth and lessons to be learned from the characters in Riley's head. 

What other experiments like this have you enjoyed? Which ones would you like to see in the future?      

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I recently edited the over-long "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" down from 140 minutes to just 70 minutes. I removed a lot of redundant scenes, exterior shots of VGER, and people gaping at the viewscreen. It works out to be a pretty watchable fast-paced episode.

January 8, 2016 at 9:14AM

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Greg Smith
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I edited the longish "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" down from 140 minutes to 70 minutes. I removed a lot of redundant scenes, exterior shots of VGER, and a lot of people gaping at view screens. You can see it here: http://greg-smith.com/?page_id=117 for a limited time.

January 8, 2016 at 9:39AM

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Greg Smith
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Ha, thats brilliant. I have to check that out.

January 11, 2016 at 7:48AM

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Philip Drobar
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I've always thought Black Swan would be excellent to re-cut without the psychological elements, pose it as a positive film about a girl that nails her dream job.

January 8, 2016 at 10:27AM

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Alex Blogg
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This is a brilliant movie, no other way around it. Even if Pixar has some stinkers now and then, this reminds you what they are capable of. The accompanying digital short on the other hand...

January 8, 2016 at 11:41AM

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Luke Neumann
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Even when Pixar fails it fails well.

January 9, 2016 at 1:12PM

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Jonathon Sendall
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I was thinking of this concept a while back, great somebody did it.

January 12, 2016 at 11:39AM

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Marty V.
Editor
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" . . .but it's possible it would have had a more powerful impact on the children watching it." I don't think so. As "Joy" finds out, not only does "Sadness" have a place, but is vitally important as well. Movies with the depth of darkness are richer IMHO. To quote Carl Jung: "One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” This film has given many children and adults (based on articles I've seen) some measure of acceptance and language to talk about their emotions while telling an engaging story. That is pretty powerful stuff. Simply brilliant.

January 14, 2016 at 11:43PM

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