A Day in the Life of a Laika Studios Animator

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A Day in the Life of a Laika Studios Animator

There’s something magical about animating an inanimate object. When it comes to stop-motion filmmaking, it’s not only about bringing your puppets and sets to life, it’s about doing the same for your story.

In this Academy Originals video, animator Daniel Alderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls) takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of Laika Studios, detailing what a normal work day for him looks like from start to finish, from scheduling scenes to actually capturing them in-camera. Check it out below:

Stop-motion animation is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Even though technological advances in the design and production of stop-motion puppets, like 3D printing, has made making these films a little easier, the sheer amount of labor that goes into producing a film of any length or quality is incredible. But all of that fades into the background when considering the work that goes into trying to make a story resonate with an audience emotionally.

Alderson notes the importance of story:

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