Laika's ParaNorman video reveals how to make a boy who sees ghosts from scratch

Laika, makers of Coraline and the upcoming ParaNorman, gives us a peek inside their stop-motion animation process with this fun little "making-of" featurette. Here, we get to see how one of those stop-motion figurines is made, starting from the jointed skeleton, through the molded body and the sewn-on clothes.


Honestly, I could watch stuff like this all day, although I'd eventually convince myself that I could make my own ParaNorman doll. That can only end with burned rubber splashed across my counter tops.

[via Super Punch]

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I use Maya at work now but when I was a kid, I used to have a super 8mm camera with a sweet cable release for single frames and used to play with making armatures but didn't have all those cool machines metal parts... used wires, wooden dowels and epoxy... curing latex rubber was hard and expensive to come by. I think you can buy armature parts on the internet now and anyone with a cellphone has a capable camera. Our you can just use Maya or a free app like blender to do much more impressive anims in shorter time.... ah, technology... so cool.