'Inside Out': The Making of the Live Show at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre

Based on the Disney/Pixar film, the show features dance choreographed by 'So You Think You Can Dance's' Dave Scott and 3D virtual environments from 3D Live.
'Inside Out'

Hollywood’s historic Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre is again using a pre-show to push its entertainment value, this time with a nine-minute Inside Out-themed live stage show that combines 3D environments with live dance. It opens all screenings of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, which is playing at the venue through Aug. 19.

Inside Out features five emotions as characters—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. And in the stage show, titled ‘Music of Light,” five dancers interpret one emotion each, while interacting with virtual 3D environments on a patented 3D LED wall that was constructed on the theatre's stage by 3D Live, the company that produced the show.

3D Live's Ryan Pardeiro, who directed and co-produced the performance, said work starting in April with developing the concept and story. "We went off the concept from the film's marketing materials [without revealing the movie's plot],” he said. “After the script was approved by Disney, and we began the storyboarding and design phase."

The show's choreographer, Dave Scott, who is perhaps best know for his choreography on Step Up 3D and So You Think You Can Dance, interpreted the film's emotions through the music and dance style of each character.

For instance, Anger’s featured dance is aggressive and uses hip hop, to Twisted Sister's "We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Joy's dance in based on ballet to "Walking on Sunshine" — and ends with aerial work. Scott brought some humor to Sadness, who dances to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and tries to get out from under a rain cloud — which appears on the LED screen, and follows the dancer around the stage.

The 3D Live system also triggers stage lighting to complete the effect.“The fun part was the casting, getting people into the studio and opening up," said Scott. “I know you can dance, but can you act.”

A behind the scenes clip can be found here.

This show is followed by Disney/Pixar’s musical short Lava, and then Inside Out, which is shown with Dolby Atmos immersive sound and the theatre’s recently installed Dolby Vision high dynamic range 4K laser projection system.