Kubo and the Two Strings: Behind the Scenes On How Stop Motion Animation Works in 2016

Stop motion animation is by far one of the most forgotten mediums for filmmaking, yet it holds high respect for what it is and how it's done in large motion pictures today. Those pushing the envelope in 2016 are the geniuses behind Laika Studios where they blended hand crafted puppets, CGI, and 3D printing to build a world filled with imagination and story. 

Ways Laika innovated was in the construction of the characters. Using human hair laced with silicone along with armor that was layered to move well against hours of motion. Creative goals were a challenge as each new character came new designs and attention to detail. Originally they would start with an idea yet fall in the realm of not knowing which department was going to be able to head this in making it come to life. 

To get more outstanding behind the scenes access check out the time lapse below showing a puppeteer as he moves a character down a set piece in the most amazingly smooth process. Just a stunning example of artists pushing the limits of a medium not many explore in todays industry. 

 

 

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Justin Haugen's picture

This movie is my favorite movie of 2016. OUTSTANDING movie. Great story and animation.

I would love to know what kind of material they use for the snow, just for some of my own personal/miniature type shoots..

Spy Black's picture

This is a medium for the very patient. :-) In NYC, there's a fellow I know named Voltaire that teaches stop motion over at the School of Visual Arts. If you ever watched MTV back in the 80s and early 90s, some of the animated station IDs were done by Voltaire. Check 'em out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M285A0dK6PQ