Over the weekend we went to the Portland Art Museum to an exhibit about the art produced at Laika, an animation studio nearby.
Because Laika uses stop-motion animation, each movie generates tens of thousands of artifacts – dolls, sets, costumes. Although stop-motion animation has been around for over a hundred years, in Laika’s current manifestation all sorts of computers are used in the prototyping and filming of their movies.
For instance, to get a range of expressions for a character, around 40,000 faces needed to be printed from a 3-D printer.
The exhibit highlighted the detail, range of materials, the richness of films such as: Kubo and the Two Strings, the Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline.
If you are able, this exhibition is a must see.
P.S. This exhibition contained a zoetrope that produced a strobing effect and triggered me to relive my high school math class on another planet. Lucky for me, trained staff were on hand to redirect me to a more suitable space-time coordinate.