Monday 20 April 2015

Company Research - Part 4 - LAIKA 

Despite the fact that LAIKA are relatively new to the stop motion film making they've quickly shot up the ranks and have become the leading innovators in stop motion technology. LAIKA initially started making films using CG their first film, a short, being Moongirl released in 2005.

LAIKA were probably the first company to make three dimensional printing and rapid prototyping their own and to use it on a massive scale this has allowed them to create ambitiously huge and complex films that would not have been possible to make using traditional methods. 

So far LAIKA have three feature films to their name each more exciting than the last.

Coraline (2009)

Paranorman (2012)

and my favorite so far The Boxtrolls (2014)

LAIKA currently has another film in production due for release in August 2016, Kubo and the Two Strings.

Very little information has been release about this latest project, all we know is that  'the new movie is a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.'I'm very excited about it because it seems worlds away from the previous films. I cant wait to see how Japanese culture inspires their style choices and the animation itself.

There's a little more info to be found on the link below

First Look At LAIKA's Next Movie, Kubo And The Two Strings 

I really enjoy that LAIKA aren't afraid of new technology's like three dimensional printing, they they;re fining new and innovative uses for it and that they are constantly pushing and improving the boundaries of the stop motion medium.

What a lot of people don't know about LAIKA is that they uses quite a bit of CGI to enhance their film. When I first found out that they use CGI to help create crowd shots and other complex scenes I initially felt that they were cheating a little. I soon released this was somewhat hypocritical of me. How can I praise the use of rapid prototyping in one hand and criticize the use of CG in the other, it's simply another development in their style of film making and animation.

CG crowd additions.Final shot.

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