The Art of The Boxtrolls
Feast your eyes on the brilliant array of drawings, paintings, maquettes and puppetry minutia that went into LAIKA’s latest stop-motion masterpiece. This 160-page hardcover strives to give fans as diverse a picture of the processes behind this intensive animation technique as possible. Well-curated spreads document character evolutions (including concepts that were abandoned as the studio fine-tuned its adaptation of Here Be Monsters), give a glimpse behind the scenes and zoom in on incredible details.
The book also does a good job of explaining LAIKA’s unique process, which incorporates 3D printed facial replacement and CG set extensions. Although with so much potential material to include, readers will likely be left wanting more. As studio founder Travis Knight says in his amusing — and insightful — preface, “[LAIKA’s] artists draw from the theater, the stage, and the tech lab. Our characters and world are spawned from pencil and paper, sculpted by human hands, designed with computers, and manufactured by machines. Within the studio’s walls, cinema’s history collides with its future.”
goes at the Nihilist Film Festival, celebrating chaos in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood for one night only. (nihilists.net)
Mutant Ninja Turtles karate kicks its way to DVD shelves, alongside Uncle Grandpa: Vol. 1.
Peter Jackson wraps up his epic Tolkien trilogy with
releases Tomm Moore’s folk tale-inspired gem Song of the Sea in NY and Toronto today.
birthday to DreamWorks Animation honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg!
Brothers Grimm mash-up Into the Woods casts a spell over the holiday weekend.