Composer Marianelli Waltzes Through The Boxtrolls


Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) didn't hesitate to work on the Victorian steampunk madness of The Boxtrolls. He loves the way the animators at Laika conjure "the surreal, the dark, the grotesque, and the comedic." "I wanted to run away with the

Knight Talks Laika and The Boxtrolls


When Laika first began nine years ago, its first two acquisitions wereCoraline and Here Be Monsters!. However, because of the tremendous scope and free-flowing narrative of Alan Snow's 550-page steampunk opus, it's taken a lot longer for The Boxtrolls to come

Directors Stacchi and Annable Talk The Boxtrolls


The Boxtrolls represents Laika's most elaborate, action-packed stop-motion movie yet. It's a feast for the eyes -- more Hammer than gothic -- and the two biggest challenges were the frantic waltz sequence and the Mecha-Drill mayhem. But overall, as director Graham

Composer Marianelli Waltzes Through The Boxtrolls

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Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) didn’t hesitate to work on the Victorian steampunk madness of The Boxtrolls. He loves the way the animators at Laika conjure “the surreal, the dark, the grotesque, and the comedic.” Read more

Knight Talks Laika and The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, previs, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

When Laika first began nine years ago, its first two acquisitions wereCoraline and Here Be Monsters!. However, because of the tremendous scope and free-flowing narrative of Alan Snow’s 550-page steampunk opus, it’s taken a lot longer for The Boxtrolls to come together. And while it’s received Laika’s most mixed reviews, it’s surely the riskiest and, arguably, the most brilliant of Laika’s trio of films, which I discuss with CEO/producer/lead artist Travis Knight (view exclusive video below). Read more

Directors Stacchi and Annable Talk The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, previs, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls represents Laika’s most elaborate, action-packed stop-motion movie yet. It’s a feast for the eyes — more Hammer than gothic — and the two biggest challenges were the frantic waltz sequence and the Mecha-Drill mayhem. But overall, as director Graham Annable admits, “The growth and maturity of Laika, combined with the Victorian steampunk look, made for such a rich, ornate, detailed setting. It just pushed everybody’s skills to the max.” Read more

World Animation & VFX Summit to Honor Roman and Arnold

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Animation Magazine’s World Animation & VFX Summit (Nov. 2)  will honor Film Roman founder Phil Roman, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 producer Bonnie Arnold at its opening-night gala Nov. 2 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Read more

Atomic Fiction Takes a Walk to Montreal

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Atomic Fiction is opening a flagship facility in Montreal in preparation of The Walk, Robert Zemickis’ biopic of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph-Gordon Levitt). Read more

Trailering More Big Hero 6

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Watch the second trailer from Disney’s Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), which introduces the theme of loss and further develops the kinship with the huggable soft robot, Baymax. Read more

Reel FX Launches VR Division

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Reel FX (The Book of Life, Oct. 17) will have a dedicated VR division that will create cutting edge virtual reality content for such platforms as the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. The division will be primarily focused on client work for major studios and commercial agencies as well as content needs for Reel FX’s original films. Read more

J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award

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The Visual Effects Society is wasting no time honoring J.J. Abrams with its prestigious Visionary Award in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode VII (Dec. 18, 2015). The award will be presented at the 13h Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Bond 24 Gets Start Date and Cinematographer Hoytema

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The week that Goldfinger celebrated its 50th anniversary, there were major announcements for Bond 24: it starts shooting on Dec. 6 and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema replaces Roger Deakins. Read more

Shooting A Walk Among the Tombstones

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For cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., A Walk Among the Tombstones, now in theaters, represents his first atmospheric thriller as well as his first experience shooting in New York City. Of course, in discussing the visual style with writer-director Scott Frank, they decided to go for a ’70s gritty, de-saturated look, recalling The French Connection and The Parallax View. But adding to the paranoia is the fact that it takes place during the Y2K craze in 1999. Read more

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