‘In­side Out’ co-di­rec­tor thrilled to bring film to Filipinos


The Filipino-Amer­i­can co-di­rec­tor of the box-of­fice hit “In­side Out” says it’s a dream come true for him to be shar­ing with Filipinos the an­i­mated film he helped cre­ate.

“It’s kind of a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I just watched movies here grow­ing up,” said Ron­nie del Car­men, a for­mer advertising art di­rec­tor who mi­grated to the U.S. in 1989 at age 29. He said he loved movies but never ex­pected to be do­ing films.

He joined Pixar in 2000, and be­fore that worked as story board artist for “Bat­man: The An­i­mated Se­ries” and for DreamWorks as a story su­per­vi­sor.

“It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I’m not just com­ing home, there’s a movie I helped make that’s open­ing here,” he said. “It’s a dream come true.”

He and di­rec­tor

Peter Doc­ter spoke to jour­nal­ists Fri­day in Manila, the last leg of their Asian tour to pro­mote “In­side Out.” The movie that opens in the Philip­pines on Aug. 19 has earned US$630 mil­lion at the box of­fice so far.

The two di­rec­tors, who also col­lab­o­rated on “Up” with Del Car­men as story su­per­vi­sor, said they drew from some of their child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences as well as their chil­dren’s for the movie they also co-wrote.

Doc­ter said it was a chal­lenge to cre­ate char­ac­ters to il­lus­trate the emo­tions and gag­gle of voices in the mind of 11-year-old Ri­ley, who moves with her fam­ily from the Min­nesota of her child­hood to a run-down town house in San Fran­cisco.

Sad­ness be­gins creep­ing in Ri­ley’s core mem­o­ries, where bub­bly Joy ear­lier reigned supreme. Anger, Fear and Dis­gust com­plete the five emo­tions in the “head­quar­ters” of her mind.

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