Virtual OMSI Science Pub: VFX for Stop Motion at LAIKA

MAY 26, 2020 | 6:30-8:30PM | Facebook Live

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When Puppets Meet Pixels: VFX for Stop Motion at LAIKA

with Steve Emerson, Visual Effects Supervisor at LAIKA


May 26, 2020 | Virtual Edition | 6:30-8:30PM | $5 suggested donation


Over the past 15 years, LAIKA has created five award-winning films using a unique blend of stop motion animation and cutting-edge technology. This presentation will be an overview of the studio’s production process. We’ll begin with the basics of stop-motion animation and then, step-by-step, examine how LAIKA VFX artists leverage technology and craftsmanship in order to create a final, film-ready image. Multiple case studies will be examined and behind-the-scenes footage from the studio’s latest film, Missing Link will be shared.


Steve Emerson is an Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor. He has contributed to each of LAIKA's award-winning films: Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link. Prior to joining LAIKA, Steve spent nearly twenty years working in feature film visual effects as an artist and technical director.

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