No stopping the stop-motion LAIKA
Free demo and talk on Oscar-nominated films comes to Walters center
If you ever wanted to know how to make a troll move, youre in luck. This months Spoken Word lecture at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in downtown Hillsboro will give a sneak peak into LAIKA, the local animation studio best-known for its feature-length stop-motion films Coraline and ParaNorman.
The free Sept. 17 talk will feature Mark Shapiro, who works in the companys marketing and brand management division.
It will be exciting to share visuals of what were creating here at LAIKA, he said.
Founded in 2005, the studio has produced two Oscar-nominee (for best animation) feature films that were commercially and critically successful. Its third stop-motion film, The Boxtrolls, is due to be released Sept. 26, 2014.
At the Spoken Word event, Shapiro plans to show a teaser for The Boxtrolls (which is also viewable online at laika.com), but will primarily focus on the studios work with its previous two features.
Im going to talk about the remarkable creativity here at LAIKA, he said. Were an ambitious, fearless stop-motion studio.
He will bring along production puppets to show his audience why it takes to bring one of the studios feature films to life. The animation technique involves objects being moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, giving the illusion of motion in the finished process.
It can be painstaking. Each second consists of 24 frames, which translates to upwards of 140,000 individual shots per 100-minute film (and twice that when you factor in 3-D).
But Shapiro said his studio believes its more than worth it to create what he termed the handcrafted style of LAIKA. Whats more, he sees the company as helping carry on a long history of filmmaking and animation in the Portland area.
There are so many talented animators, fabricators and designers who have called Oregon home for a long time, he said. And I think what were doing here is expanding upon that creativity.
Travis Knight serves as president and CEO of LAIKA, which is owned by his father, Nike co-founder and chairman Philip H. Knight. The company employs about 250 people at its studio in northeast Hillsboro.Add a comment