While LAIKA Studios may not be the box office juggernaut like Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, or Illumination, there is no doubt that their movies bring with them a certain art and craft that somehow eludes the others. I’m not saying there is no art and craft involved in the others — there clearly is — but in the process of going full CG, there is a certain tangibility that’s lost. No longer does the medium itself contain artifacts of the process (like pencil scratches or something)…unless you count modern stop-motion.
In celebration of its latest film, Missing Link, LAIKA Studios has released a featurette that takes audiences into the world of stop-motion. It doesn’t focus on Missing Link or even feel like a typical piece of advertising, but instead uses it as a jumping off point to show off the entire process of getting a film like Missing Link to the big screen, and all the artistry it entails.
“What we do at LAIKA is take this style of filmmaking, which is craft-based, is about artists using their hands to bring something to life, and blend that with technologies,” LAIKA president Travis Knight says in the video. “We grow in our creative capacity and our artistic ability with every successive film, which means a film like Missing Link, which would have been impossible to even contemplate a handful of years ago, is something that’s taking this beautiful art form to a new place”
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SOURCE: LAIKA Studios