The Boxtrolls: Set Visit & Stop-Motion Magic!


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Disclaimer: I was provided on an all expense trip to visit The Boxtrolls set in Portland.  It has been under embargo until now! I am so excited to share this AMAZING geek filled experience with all of you.  All opinions are my own.

An animator’s hands working on the delicate process of the puppet’s movement during production of LAIKA and Focus Features' family event movie THE BOXTROLLS, opening nationwide September 26th. Credit: LAIKA, Inc.

An animator’s hands working on the delicate process of the puppet’s movement during production of LAIKA and Focus Features’ family event movie THE BOXTROLLS, opening nationwide September 26th. Credit: LAIKA, Inc.

Last spring, I was invited to go on set of the new upcoming movie “The Boxtrolls”! I was always aware of how stop-motion worked but I never in a million years imagined what I was able to experience when I was at Laika. There are 3 reasons I found about WHY Laika still uses stop-motion animation. As many know the process is quite lengthy and it takes weeks to produce a few seconds of film.

 

  1. CREATIVITY: This is how films were always made and there is something magical about it. Kids like to play with toys and puppets and make them move and talk. Stop-motion animation makes it real and makes it come to life.
  2. SAVES MONEY: It costs a lot less to make a film like this. One COULD argue the fact that maybe there is a missed opportunity cost because of how long it takes to produce one movie. The minds behind Laika have created ways to increate the quality in facial expressions in the characters/puppets by using items like 3D printers with face replacement which truly cuts down on price. They also use detailed spreadsheets in frame what takes place frame by frame.
  3. PASSION & MAGIC: Travis Knight and Passion. You know, feel, and see the passion the CEO of Laika when he talks about animation. Being the boss and CEO keeps one person extremely busy. Travis Knight is also an animator! He put in more time animating on Boxtrolls than any other animator PLUS he is the boss. Can you imagine? What a great example in leadership when your boss does as they want you to do and doesn’t just tell you how to do something.
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A painter puts the finishing touches on the head of Shoe during production of LAIKA and Focus Features’ family event movie THE BOXTROLLS, opening nationwide September 26th. Credit: Mark Stewart Hughes / LAIKA, Inc.

Official Site: http://www.theboxtrolls.com/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theboxtrolls
Official Twitter: @TheBoxtrolls
Official Hashtag: #TheBoxtrolls

The movie comes out September 26, 2014! I was able to watch clips from it and it looks SO good…SOOOO GOOD (I think that is the official critic way to say it)!

 

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