When it comes to innovation in animation, the tendency is to think digital — as in all digital, with films such as “Up” and the “Toy Story” series.
But one animation house, Laika, is taking a different approach, pairing the old and the new to create feature-length, stop-motion animation films. Recently, the Laika-produced film, “Coraline,” received an Academy Award nomination in 2010 for Best Animated Feature Film, and the studio has an upcoming film, “Paranmorman,” set to premier Aug. 17 in 3-D.
But 3-D filming is not the only 3-D aspect of the film. According to a Monday piece in Wired, the filmmakers also employed 3-D color printer to create the character’s thousands of expressions. Wired’s Caitlin Roper writes:
Thanks to interchangeable 3-D-printed facial components, Norman is capable of 1.5 million expressions. For the 27 characters with 3-D-printed faces, the rapid-prototyping department output 31,000 parts, which they stored and cataloged in a face library.
Laika is in Portland, Ore., and is owned by Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman of Nike Inc.
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