The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), famous for its annual Oscars Awards, awards Laika for pioneering rapid prototyping and 3D printing in film.
AMPAS honors technical achievements in the film industry with the Scientific and Technical Awards. This year the maker of ParaNorman, Coraline and The Boxtrolls receives the Scientific & Engineering Award.
Brian McLean and Martin Meunier will receive the award for their efforts in stop motion pictures and the use of 3D printers to scale their work. 3D printing enabled the animators to let their puppets express their emotions on a hole new level. For the leading “actors” there were printed over 8.000 faces for every small expression.
Laika celebrates it´s 10th anniversary with this short summary of their work:
Here´s whats the Academy says:
LAIKA’s inventive use of rapid prototyping has enabled artistic leaps in character expressiveness, facial animation, motion blur and effects animation. Through highly specialized pipelines and techniques, 3D printing capabilities have been harnessed with color uniformity, mechanical repeatability, and the scale required to significantly enhance stop-motion animated feature films.