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A timelapse of me animating a prototype of the Mecha-Drill machine from The Boxtrolls! Thanks for all of the questions in response to my story - here's some insight into the animation (part 1 of 2):
• This animation was done during the development phase of the Mecha-Drill. It's essentially the trial-and-error period where the puppet builders and animators work together to arrive at a final puppet.
• The armature for the puppet is largely in place, but the remainder has been built up with laser-cut wood. We needed to prove that we could make the puppet work at this large of a scale before committing to the actual build for the movie (a prototype).
• Looking back on this footage, I feel like I completely failed to capture the weight of the machine in the legs. You really feel that it’s being supported from above. This can often be a downfall of supporting a puppet with an external rig, and it’s something you need to keep an eye on to avoid getting too ‘floaty’.
• What is motion-controlled/animated by hand? You can see the large motion-control arm supporting this puppet. It controlled the travel and rotation of the main body and was operated by a series of dials (almost like a video game controller). The mechanical arm, the vacuum tube, and legs are all animated by hand - I kept the legs at a fairly loose tension, because they didn’t actually need to support anything. (from @maillefermathieu)
• What did you reference? The performance goal was to make the Mecha-Drill feel rickety and slightly out of control. I referenced quite a bit of footage of large, homemade robotics featured at county maker faires. (from @adamtaylorillustrator)
• How does the vacuum arm work? It was actually really simple, and just had a large chain of ball-and-socket joints running through the center. (from @shoestringmovies)
• How did you do the brick destruction? I was given a box of cobble-stone debris that I would build up around the tip of the leg when it punctures the ground. To make the destruction a little bit more violent, I also added some bricks flinging into the air, which were supported by armature wire and sticky wax. (from @jackiem321)
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A timelapse of me animating a prototype of the mecha-drill machine from the boxtrolls! thanks for all of the questions in response to my story - here's some insight into the animation (part 1 of 2): • this animation was done during the development phase of the mecha-drill. it's essentially the trial-and-error period where the puppet builders and animators work together to arrive at a final puppet. • the armature for the puppet is largely in place, but the remainder has been built up with laser-cut wood. we needed to prove that we could make the puppet work at this large of a scale before committing to the actual build for the movie (a prototype). • looking back on this footage, i feel like i completely failed to capture the weight of the machine in the legs. you really feel that it’s being supported from above. this can often be a downfall of supporting a puppet with an external rig, and it’s something you need to keep an eye on to avoid getting too ‘floaty’. • what is motion-controlled/animated by hand? you can see the large motion-control arm supporting this puppet. it controlled the travel and rotation of the main body and was operated by a series of dials (almost like a video game controller). the mechanical arm, the vacuum tube, and legs are all animated by hand - i kept the legs at a fairly loose tension, because they didn’t actually need to support anything. (from @maillefermathieu) • what did you reference? the performance goal was to make the mecha-drill feel rickety and slightly out of control. i referenced quite a bit of footage of large, homemade robotics featured at county maker faires. (from @adamtaylorillustrator) • how does the vacuum arm work? it was actually really simple, and just had a large chain of ball-and-socket joints running through the center. (from @shoestringmovies) • how did you do the brick destruction? i was given a box of cobble-stone debris that i would build up around the tip of the leg when it punctures the ground. to make the destruction a little bit more violent, i also added some bricks flinging into the air, which were supported by armature wire and sticky wax. (from @jackiem321)
The internet is going wild over stop-motion artist @kevinbparry's illusions. #stopmotionanimation #insiderart
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The internet is going wild over stop-motion artist @kevinbparry's illusions. #stopmotionanimation #insiderart
I do love a matching Blu-Ray set - #Laika Studios' #3D lenticular collection
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I do love a matching blu-ray set - #laika studios' #3d lenticular collection
Destroyed village set from Kubo. I'd do rounds of all the sets to give notes and suggestions. My particular note on this set was ,
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Destroyed village set from kubo. i'd do rounds of all the sets to give notes and suggestions. my particular note on this set was ,"make it look more wet." pretty sure the crew got tired of hearing that. sorry guys and thanks for the amazing work;-) #kuboandthetwostrings #kubo #kubomovie #stopmotion #stopmotionanimation #miniatureset
Kubo And The Two Strings Fan art.

A really visually pleasing animated movie

@kubothemovies @laikastudiosfan

#Kuboandthetwostrings
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Kubo and the two strings fan art. a really visually pleasing animated movie @kubothemovies @laikastudiosfan #kuboandthetwostrings
#1: Kubo and the Two Strings

It's been a great year for animation and those who know me know that I love stop motion. It's been a battle between La La Land and Kubo, for me. To make sure which one was the top I watched Kubo the night before seeing La La Land again. Here's a film you guys didn't go see. This film is the reason why I love and want to get into film, let me tell you why. Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop motion samurai film that is strong with memory and imagination. In the film Kubo shares his mom's stories about his father with the nearby village by using his imagination and his powers. He knew nothing about his father so the legacy of his father lives on through Kubo and the villagers. Kubo performs origami shows, of his father, for the villagers then embarks on an epic quest. The reason why I'm sharing this is because I hear many stories of my relatives who I've never met before and during my time from my great grandparents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and parents. I feel like I know those relatives and for the relatives that passed away during my time still live on through my memories and as inspiration for my writing. Not just relatives but friends and people from my past as well as my present. They all impacted my life by making memories, events and their character, that I use as inspiration for my writing. Kubo and the Two Strings is epic, gorgeous, fun, creative, imaginative, unique, and awesome. It also has fantastic characters, an epic story mixed with lore, important messages for both children and adults. In interviews the director puts key treasures from his childhood in this film, including the Beatles. The hardwork and imagination put into this film was well payed off. Not only that it's my pick for the best film of 2016 but it's the best animated film of 2016 and deserves the Oscar this year (come at me). Those who are gone are still here. They live on through you. 
#KuboAndTheTwoStrings #laika #films #Movies
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#1: kubo and the two strings it's been a great year for animation and those who know me know that i love stop motion. it's been a battle between la la land and kubo, for me. to make sure which one was the top i watched kubo the night before seeing la la land again. here's a film you guys didn't go see. this film is the reason why i love and want to get into film, let me tell you why. kubo and the two strings is a stop motion samurai film that is strong with memory and imagination. in the film kubo shares his mom's stories about his father with the nearby village by using his imagination and his powers. he knew nothing about his father so the legacy of his father lives on through kubo and the villagers. kubo performs origami shows, of his father, for the villagers then embarks on an epic quest. the reason why i'm sharing this is because i hear many stories of my relatives who i've never met before and during my time from my great grandparents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and parents. i feel like i know those relatives and for the relatives that passed away during my time still live on through my memories and as inspiration for my writing. not just relatives but friends and people from my past as well as my present. they all impacted my life by making memories, events and their character, that i use as inspiration for my writing. kubo and the two strings is epic, gorgeous, fun, creative, imaginative, unique, and awesome. it also has fantastic characters, an epic story mixed with lore, important messages for both children and adults. in interviews the director puts key treasures from his childhood in this film, including the beatles. the hardwork and imagination put into this film was well payed off. not only that it's my pick for the best film of 2016 but it's the best animated film of 2016 and deserves the oscar this year (come at me). those who are gone are still here. they live on through you. #kuboandthetwostrings #laika #films #movies
I still don't understand why Sia's music makes me think of Kubo. #kuboandthetwostrings #kubo #kubomovie #laikastudios
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I still don't understand why sia's music makes me think of kubo. #kuboandthetwostrings #kubo #kubomovie #laikastudios
Lazy Sunday watching Laika films. 
#coraline #laika #Sundays #Lazy #Photoshop #paranorman #Boxtrolls #kuboandthetwostrings
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Кубо фанарт #Kubo #KuboandtheTwoStrings #beetle #art #fanart #drawing
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Why so serious nak?? ☺

#watching #kuboandthetwostrings
0 4 6 hours ago
Why so serious nak?? ☺ #watching #kuboandthetwostrings
#1: Kubo and the Two Strings

It's been a great year for animation and those who know me know that I love stop motion. It's been a battle between La La Land and Kubo, for me. To make sure which one was the top I watched Kubo the night before seeing La La Land again. Here's a film you guys didn't go see. This film is the reason why I love and want to get into film, let me tell you why. Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop motion samurai film that is strong with memory and imagination. In the film Kubo shares his mom's stories about his father with the nearby village by using his imagination and his powers. He knew nothing about his father so the legacy of his father lives on through Kubo and the villagers. Kubo performs origami shows, of his father, for the villagers then embarks on an epic quest. The reason why I'm sharing this is because I hear many stories of my relatives who I've never met before and during my time from my great grandparents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and parents. I feel like I know those relatives and for the relatives that passed away during my time still live on through my memories and as inspiration for my writing. Not just relatives but friends and people from my past as well as my present. They all impacted my life by making memories, events and their character, that I use as inspiration for my writing. Kubo and the Two Strings is epic, gorgeous, fun, creative, imaginative, unique, and awesome. It also has fantastic characters, an epic story mixed with lore, important messages for both children and adults. In interviews the director puts key treasures from his childhood in this film, including the Beatles. The hardwork and imagination put into this film was well payed off. Not only that it's my pick for the best film of 2016 but it's the best animated film of 2016 and deserves the Oscar this year (come at me). Those who are gone are still here. They live on through you. 
#KuboAndTheTwoStrings #laika #films #Movies
2 34 8 hours ago
#1: kubo and the two strings it's been a great year for animation and those who know me know that i love stop motion. it's been a battle between la la land and kubo, for me. to make sure which one was the top i watched kubo the night before seeing la la land again. here's a film you guys didn't go see. this film is the reason why i love and want to get into film, let me tell you why. kubo and the two strings is a stop motion samurai film that is strong with memory and imagination. in the film kubo shares his mom's stories about his father with the nearby village by using his imagination and his powers. he knew nothing about his father so the legacy of his father lives on through kubo and the villagers. kubo performs origami shows, of his father, for the villagers then embarks on an epic quest. the reason why i'm sharing this is because i hear many stories of my relatives who i've never met before and during my time from my great grandparents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and parents. i feel like i know those relatives and for the relatives that passed away during my time still live on through my memories and as inspiration for my writing. not just relatives but friends and people from my past as well as my present. they all impacted my life by making memories, events and their character, that i use as inspiration for my writing. kubo and the two strings is epic, gorgeous, fun, creative, imaginative, unique, and awesome. it also has fantastic characters, an epic story mixed with lore, important messages for both children and adults. in interviews the director puts key treasures from his childhood in this film, including the beatles. the hardwork and imagination put into this film was well payed off. not only that it's my pick for the best film of 2016 but it's the best animated film of 2016 and deserves the oscar this year (come at me). those who are gone are still here. they live on through you. #kuboandthetwostrings #laika #films #movies
If you must blink, do it now! 12/10 definitely recommend. #kuboandthetwostrings #movienight
4 9 9 hours ago
If you must blink, do it now! 12/10 definitely recommend. #kuboandthetwostrings #movienight
오랜만에 산 블루레이. 아웃케이스 때문에 3D를 샀는데 슬리브 이미지랑 똑같다☹️ #kuboandthetwostrings #travisknight #bluray #쿠보와전설의악기
0 3 9 hours ago
오랜만에 산 블루레이. 아웃케이스 때문에 3d를 샀는데 슬리브 이미지랑 똑같다☹️ #kuboandthetwostrings #travisknight #bluray #쿠보와전설의악기
No. 977 / 1200, with a certificate of authenticity and a nice little art book. #Kubo #KuboAndTheTwoStrings #ArtParkinson #CharlizeTheron #MatthewMcConaughey #RooneyMara #RalphFiennes #GeorgeTakei #LaikaStudios #Laika #StopMotion
1 44 12 hours ago
Best 2016 Animated Movie? 👀

I liked Storks, Sing, Zoo., KFP3 quite a lot. Haven't seen Moana, Kubo, or Ice Age.
#Zootopia
#KungFuPanda3
#FindingDory
#SausageParty
#Sing
#AngryBirds
#SecretLifeofPets
#Trolls
#Storks
#Moana
#IceAgeCollisionCourse
Or #KuboandtheTwoStrings ?

#Disney #Pixar #Dreamworks #Marvel #DC #Anime #Games #Movies #Animation
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Best 2016 animated movie? 👀 i liked storks, sing, zoo., kfp3 quite a lot. haven't seen moana, kubo, or ice age. #zootopia #kungfupanda3 #findingdory #sausageparty #sing #angrybirds #secretlifeofpets #trolls #storks #moana #iceagecollisioncourse or #kuboandthetwostrings ? #disney #pixar #dreamworks #marvel #dc #anime #games #movies #animation