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once the pitch of a scene has been approved by the director it moves out of the story Department and end editorial editors take the storyboards and recorded dialogue sound effects and music to create a story reel which is a rough draft of the film and video form as an example here's a short clip of a story reel from inside out first day of school very very exciting I was up late last night figuring out a new plan here it is figure what I need a list of all the possible negative outcomes on the first day at a new school there's a one or two spell meteor discussed make sure Riley stands out today but also blends in the story reel is the very first version of the final film this is where everything we've talked about during this season at Pixar in a box comes together character development story structure visual language film grammar storyboarding and pitching piecing and timing are particularly important in the real that is how long to hold on each storyboard how the dialogue should support the visuals and how the mood and rhythm of the music and sound effects adds to the emotional impact although animation is visual storytelling as well here in a second you might be surprised by how big a role sound plays when I have the boards for the first time for a sequence I have to start building out all the sound that goes with it until you add the sound even time out the boards it's just drawings you know and the sound and the dialogue and the timing of the boards or what bring it to life and make it feel like a movie when I have my storyboards and I'm starting to edit a sequence depending on what type of scene it is I often start with the dialogue and I time that out and then I add the storyboards on top of that and I time them out so that they work well with the dialogue and once I feel that the storyboards and the dialogue are working well I begin to add sound effects once I have the sound effects working I play that back I look at it and if that feels good then I start to think about adding music so you can time out the scene and you can feel what it's like for these characters to talk to each other so we can emulate what the movie going experience is so that we can sit back and watch the entire movie as it is and decide whether this is the movie that we want to make you know and we do that about eight or nine times of the entire movie before we even start animating anything when all of this is working well together after the first few minutes you forget that you're watching drawings you just get caught up in the story that's what we're shooting for but it takes a lot of iteration to get the story just right and store a real form and this requires a lot of collaboration between story artists and editors so let's hear a little more about that relationship so you've pitched your sequence and everyone fell out of their chairs laughing and the director says down editorial with it and so all your drawings are either scanned or sent down to editorial where they're edited and music is placed and temporary dialogue is placed on them and then you all sit around anticipating a great sequence and you watch it and it dies and and it flatlines and you ask yourself why it was so funny before it looks and feels completely different than the version that you pitched and you wonder what happened we make a joke about it now but there was a while we're like what happened it was so funny over in story how come it's not funny anymore and it's really hard to say but moving something in it's like a different media you're you're up acting and performing to something that you're just passively watching and sometimes it's just timing to like a joke could be really like a drawing could be really really funny when you linger on it but if you just cut if you cut away from it by just a millisecond or you linger on it for too long then the the comedy of it kind of dies a little bit the reason that we have screenings that we look at the movie in context every once in a while where our 12 to 16 weeks is to test whether the pitch is funny or entertaining our heartfelt because the person who's pitching it is funny entertaining or heartfelt or is it truly a great idea that really conveys emotion to the person who's going to be watching it in the theaters eventually you can see that many elements of storytelling and filmmaking come together in the story reel in fact editorial is always responsible for the latest version of the movie you might say they are the keepers of the cut one question I've always had is how editors work with directors I had my first direct review with Andrew Stanton and I played him back the scene and he then told me this really kind of a great piece of advice which was he said as an animation editor before you can even start editing the scene you have to craft the performance the performance is the timing of the storyboard juxtaposed with the sound of the characters making whether it's a sound effect like Wally had or a line of dialogue like Dory would have and you have to empathize with what the character is thinking and what they're going through in that particular moment to be able to understand what their point of view is - and why are they making the decisions they're making at that particular moment so you do that first right and then and and then you can really start evaluating the scene and so I I took another pass at the sequence and it sorta - on the next day it was a huge improvement because I finally understood what my job was and and and I still am using that knowledge every day when I approach a scene now that you have a sense of how story reels work it's your turn to create a story reel of a sequence from your own film to do this you don't need fancy editing software freely available editing packages some of which run on smartphones are enough and that brings us to the end of this season of Pixar in a box on storytelling everyone has important stories to tell we hope you now feel you have the tools to find your own unique storytelling voice take a look at the next exercise then be sure to check out the last video in this lesson for a special treat