Long before Pixar pays thousands of people millions of dollars to animate their incredible films, the people responsible for the story make the movie again and again.
We still can't get the lovely songs of Coco out of our head. Image: Pixar
There's the script, of course, but the film is also laid out, shot by shot, with storyboards. By doing this, the film's director and everyone down the line can basically watch rough versions of the film without dedicating too many resources early on. Maybe it's working, maybe it isn't, but from that state they will continue to adjust the movie until it's just the way they want it. Once that's done, animators get to work finalising the beautiful, labour-intensive, computer-generated images Pixar pioneered more than 20-years-ago.
This new Script to Screen shows the storyboards for the talent show scene in Coco alongside the finished film and, well, it's gotten much prettier. It's a fascinating process that fans rarely, if ever, get to see, except in little snippets like this. Check it out.
If you haven't seen Coco, it will be available on DVD and Blu-ray April 4. It won two Oscars and is a lovely, memorable film.