The Academy Theater
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI Events
April 24: The Nuts and Bolts of Stop Motion: The Artistry and Ingenuity of LAIKA
May 9: The 75th Anniversary Screening of PINOCCHIO
May 12: The Anatomy of an Animation Studio: An Evening with Blue Sky
May 19: The History of Silent and Early Sound New York Animation
May 29: A Sneak Peek of Disney-Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (at the School for the Visual Arts)
Join the Academy as we dive into the world of stop-motion animation and explore the innovations that LAIKA has brought to the field. With the help of three special guests, we will look at what (and who) was behind LAIKA’s first three feature films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014), all of which were nominated for Academy Awards for Animated Feature Film. With the aid of storyboards and behind-the-scenes footage, our guests will shed light on the studio’s process, from defining the original concept, through the design and fabrication of the puppets, and on to the cutting-edge 3D printing and visual effects technologies used in production.
The presenters will include 20-year stop-motion veteran and LAIKA’s Creative Supervisor of Puppet Fabrication Georgina Hayns; Annie Award-winning Director of Rapid Prototype Brian McLean, one of Variety’s 2012 “Animation Elite”; and VFX supervisor Steve Emerson, who worked on The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline.