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SIGGRAPH Production Session Highlights Collaboration

AUGUST 13, 2014: Georgina Hayns, Brian McLean and Steve Emerson discussed their inter-departmental relationships on The Boxtrolls during a production session at SIGGRAPH on August 13 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The group also addressed the challenges, solutions — and learnings that led to the success of the studio’s first two features Coraline and ParaNorman.  For more information, click here.

The Boxtrolls Take Over Comic-Con

JULY 25, 2014: The Boxtrolls turned heads all weekend long at Comic-Con in San Diego. In addition to the Hall H Panel on July 26 — featuring Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Travis Knight, Tony Stacchi and Graham Annable — certified bug chef David George Gordon grilled up real bugs and encouraged folks to #EatLikeTheBoxtrolls. Throughout the event, life-sized Boxtrolls roamed the convention center hallways. Check out the posts: #Theboxtrolls.

LAIKA Spins Off Advertising Division To Concentrate On Features

MAY 20, 2014:  LAIKA is spinning off its advertising/commercial division LAIKA/house to concentrate exclusively on the feature film arena.  LAIKA/house President Lourri Hammack, Creative Director Kirk Kelley and Managing Director of Strategic Operations Al Cubillas will lead a new studio specializing in short to mid-form animated content for advertising and broadcast markets.

LAIKA plans to continue operations under the LAIKA/house banner as it transitions work to the new studio over the summer months. “We’re very proud of the entire LAIKA/house team and its heritage of beautiful, industry-leading work,” said Travis Knight, LAIKA President & CEO.  “But as LAIKA finishes its third film and is in the process of actively developing an ambitious range of future projects, it’s become clear that we need to devote all of our artistry, innovation and resources towards our feature films in order to craft the distinctive and evocative stories for which LAIKA has become known.  With Coraline and ParaNorman, we set a high standard for ourselves and the entire animation industry. The Boxtrolls and our slate of upcoming films aspire to push the bar even higher. Our commitment to creating superlative works of art has been the force driving both of LAIKA’s divisions since our inception.  We wish Lourri, Kirk and Al tremendous success as they carry on that tradition of excellence in their new venture.”

“Animation isn’t just a storytelling medium it’s our life force and our passion,” said Hammack. “In just a few short years, LAIKA has created groundbreaking works of feature-length animated art that continue to inspire and amaze. We are honored to be entrusted with LAIKA/house’s rich legacy as we build the next chapter of our longstanding advertising and commercial division.”

Graham Annable Delivers Keynote Address At TIFF-Kids

APRIL 15, 2014: Director Graham Annable discussed character development, story development — as well as the creative process at LAIKA during a keynote address at TIFF-Kids in Toronto.  Following the talk, Mark Shapiro presented a behind-the-scenes look at the studio.  The full-day conference at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Kids featured panel discussions and breakout sessions with international filmmakers, producers and other notables from the children’s entertainment industry. For more information, click here.

Panel Appearance, Presentation Highlight CTN Expo

NOVEMBER 16, 2013: Animation Supervisor Brad Schiff and Character Designer Heidi Smith took center stage at the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Animation Expo this weekend in Burbank where the LAIKA team also reviewed professional and student portfolios.  Schiff joined a panel titled: “(E)merging Worlds: Challenges in Live Action Video Games and Feature Animation.” Patrick Hannenberger moderated the discussion. Smith talked about her career and influences.  For more information, click here.

ParaNorman Nominated For A BAFTA

OCTOBER 22, 2013: ParaNorman was nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award in the Best Feature Film category.  Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the yearly children’s awards honor the finest in children’s media. Travis KnightChris Butler, Sam Fell and Arianne Sutner were named in the nomination.  The ceremony was held in London on Sunday, November 24.   Click here for more information.

Georgina Hayns, Brian McLean Appear At SPARK Animation Festival

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013:  Georgina Hayns and Brian McLean  addressed their departments’ unique and critical interdependence at SPARK Animation ’13 at the Vancity Theatre on September 14.  SPARK is an animation film festival and conference that “brings the most talented artists, inventors, directors and studio executives from around the world to Vancouver to share their experience and inspire the animation community.”  Click here for more information about the presentation.

LAIKA Holds Major Production Session At SIGGRAPH

JULY 25, 2013: Georgina Hayns and Brian McLean discussed the important collaboration of their departments in a presentation titled: The Seamless Fusion of Stop-Motion and Visual Effects Technologies in LAIKA’s Feature Films.  The talk took place on July 24 in Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center.  To read about the production session at SIGGRAPH, click here.


Avenge Of The Zombies Event Features Andrew Nawrot

MAY 25, 2013: Andrew Nawrot, LAIKA’s CG and Look Development Supervisor presented work from ParaNorman as part of an event called Avenge Of The Zombies at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.

Fast Company Names LAIKA Among World’s Most Innovative Companies

FEBRUARY 11, 2013: LAIKA has made the list of Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Entertainment.”  Ranking LAIKA sixth overall, the magazine says: “Where they’ve innovated is in their production methods: (LAIKA) uses digital drafting and 3D printing to produce the faces for its puppet models, letting them create thousands of nuanced expressions in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional Claymation. (LAIKA’s) second full-length film, ParaNorman, came in third at the box office over its debut weekend and ended its theatrical run as the fifth highest grossing stop-motion animated film of all time.”  To read the full story, click here.

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