Social Film “What Lives Inside” Coming to Life

Last month I shared how Dell was bringing you the opportunity to play a part in creating a new movie from Academy Award Winner Robert Stomberg, starring recent Academy Award Winner J. K. Simmons.

This week the official trailer debuted giving you a preview of the final film:

Many thanks to everyone who submitted creature sketches for possible inclusion in the movie. Thousands were received – more user-generated content than our partner Intel’s two previous “Inside Films” combined.

“We’ve had over 6,000 submissions of art work, which is crazy! Stromberg told FastCompany. "I just think that’s a much better indicator of engagement than throwing a project into testing. I love how it lets people be an active part of the final product. Any time I can be a part of inspiring others to get in touch with their creative side, only inspires me more as an artist."

The winning drawings are being handpicked by Stromberg; and while the full roster is still being finalized, I was able to snag a couple of the finalists to share with you here:

In addition to Simmons, the movie includes actors Colin Hanks and Catherine O’Hara, and features a soundtrack created by James Newton Howard that is already drawing favorable comments on YouTube where the trailer is posted.

“Its other star is less Hollywood, if still creative in its own way—the new the new Dell Venue 8 7000 Series tablet with Intel RealSense technology,” notes Jeff Beer, senior writer with Co.Create.

In a more behind-the-scenes role than our Dell Venue 8 7000 has, our Precision M3800 workstation is also being used to make the movie. There’s much work to be done with the winning sketches to make them movie-ready. You can get a glimpse when you see what one of the characters above has now become:

While a few people will be getting a preview at this week’s SXSW Film Festival, everyone can see the first installment of the movie in just a few short weeks. It is premiering March 25th exclusively on Hulu. Find out more at and get ready to be taken to a world beyond your imagination!

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.