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Today is the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards (@costumeawards) and the awesomely talented #LAIKAstudios Costume Designer Deb Cook is nominated in the category of ‘Excellence in Fantasy Film’ for her work on the #stopmotion epic ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’!!🎉💥 This is the first time an animated film has ever been nominated! Here’s a photo I recently took for LAIKA of Deb on the Cemetary set that was recently shared by @kubothemovie and posted by @laikastudiosfan! In the shot, Deb is surrounded by the puppets from #Kubo that she intricately designed the costumes for. Believe it or not, each and every costume was completely #handmade!! The puppets in the photo were creatively posed by Kubo Animation Supervisor Brad Schiff! FUN FACT: In the original puppet positions, one of the background puppets looked exactly like he was playing the air guitar 🎸✨ sadly that pose was not used in the final 😔 Feel free to check out my previous IG post on Jan 26th, that showcases a brief #makingof Kubo’s mother’s clothing. Best of luck to you Debs!!👍👍 Photo by Steven Wong Jr. Property of #LAIKA and Two Strings, LLC

Part two of my Q+A responses! Thanks again for the great questions and remember, these are just my opinions.
• What kind of schooling would I need to do what you do? The short answer to just start animating on your own. If you can animate well, you are hirable. Many animators didn’t study animation in school. I went to Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, and it was a great route for me to take. Being surrounded by enthusiasm for animation and exposing myself to all facets of the industry helped point me in the direction of stop-motion animation. (from @pollopepita)
• How did you get into Laika? In college I made a short film called The Arctic Circle (arctic.kevinparry.tv). I posted it online and it made its way to the recruiters at Laika. (from @sheclueless)
• How do you feel about listening to music while animating? If I’m animating a dialogue shot, I won’t listen to music. If I’m animating a shot that doesn’t have audio, I’ll usually listen to music or podcasts. As the saying goes, “Animation is concentration,” and you just need to do whatever gets you into your flow. (from @johnny_stover)
• What stop-motion inspired you to start animating yourself? Not exactly stop-motion, but the 90’s TV show Movie Magic, Looney Tunes, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Matrix all had a huge influence on me to pursue film and animation. (from @nikoleta.pante.xiii)
• Did you do stop-motion as a kid? Oddly enough, I never did any stop-motion animation as a kid! It wasn’t until my early 20’s, in college, that I attempted any stop-motion animation. As a kid, I made a lot of fake blood and monster makeup. If you’re in your teens and animating, you’re well ahead of me! (from @gerri.irreg)
• What are some different routes into the animation industry? Sometimes you just need to make your own luck. I got my first job in stop-motion by responding to a non-animation job posting. I emailed the company and said something like, “This has nothing to do with the position you posted, but here’s my film and I want to be an animator at your studio.” (from @little.lucy.things)

a little funny project i did because i was bored. took about two minutes 😋 #clay #claymation

✨Doz aşımı (03.08.16)
#claymation #motion
#animation#stopmotion

One more BTS from back in the day I forgot to post. This was a video for qualcomm that I did the stopmotion animation for advertisting the internet of things and having smart connectivity to your environment. The last couple scenes youll see have alternates because we were posting to vine and only had 6 seconds, so we stacked 2 videos together to tell the story and show the contrasting results. Also his run looks so terrible now that Im picking it apart! Basically an alien dude is travelling in a foreign land and in one scenario is making use of IoT to find some food. In the other scenario he is not properly connected and the food finds him. #stopmotion #animation #art #claymation #iot #internetofeverything #qualcomm #food #chickens #bts #rig #finalcutprox #nikon #dragonframe

A look behind the scenes while filming the MEGACOSM video for my animation based exhibition at @brilliantchampions opening this Friday from 6-9pm in Brooklyn.
#MEGACOSM #stopmotion #claymation

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Today is the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards (@costumeawards) and the awesomely talented #LAIKAstudios Costume Designer Deb Cook is nominated in the category of ‘Excellence in Fantasy Film’ for her work on the #stopmotion epic ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’!!🎉💥 This is the first time an animated film has ever been nominated! Here’s a photo I recently took for LAIKA of Deb on the Cemetary set that was recently shared by @kubothemovie and posted by @laikastudiosfan! In the shot, Deb is surrounded by the puppets from #Kubo that she intricately designed the costumes for. Believe it or not, each and every costume was completely #handmade!! The puppets in the photo were creatively posed by Kubo Animation Supervisor Brad Schiff! FUN FACT: In the original puppet positions, one of the background puppets looked exactly like he was playing the air guitar 🎸✨ sadly that pose was not used in the final 😔 Feel free to check out my previous IG post on Jan 26th, that showcases a brief #makingof Kubo’s mother’s clothing. Best of luck to you Debs!!👍👍 Photo by Steven Wong Jr. Property of #LAIKA and Two Strings, LLC

A look behind the scenes while filming the MEGACOSM video for my animation based exhibition at @brilliantchampions opening this Friday from 6-9pm in Brooklyn.
#MEGACOSM #stopmotion #claymation

Part two of my Q+A responses! Thanks again for the great questions and remember, these are just my opinions.
• What kind of schooling would I need to do what you do? The short answer to just start animating on your own. If you can animate well, you are hirable. Many animators didn’t study animation in school. I went to Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, and it was a great route for me to take. Being surrounded by enthusiasm for animation and exposing myself to all facets of the industry helped point me in the direction of stop-motion animation. (from @pollopepita)
• How did you get into Laika? In college I made a short film called The Arctic Circle (arctic.kevinparry.tv). I posted it online and it made its way to the recruiters at Laika. (from @sheclueless)
• How do you feel about listening to music while animating? If I’m animating a dialogue shot, I won’t listen to music. If I’m animating a shot that doesn’t have audio, I’ll usually listen to music or podcasts. As the saying goes, “Animation is concentration,” and you just need to do whatever gets you into your flow. (from @johnny_stover)
• What stop-motion inspired you to start animating yourself? Not exactly stop-motion, but the 90’s TV show Movie Magic, Looney Tunes, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Matrix all had a huge influence on me to pursue film and animation. (from @nikoleta.pante.xiii)
• Did you do stop-motion as a kid? Oddly enough, I never did any stop-motion animation as a kid! It wasn’t until my early 20’s, in college, that I attempted any stop-motion animation. As a kid, I made a lot of fake blood and monster makeup. If you’re in your teens and animating, you’re well ahead of me! (from @gerri.irreg)
• What are some different routes into the animation industry? Sometimes you just need to make your own luck. I got my first job in stop-motion by responding to a non-animation job posting. I emailed the company and said something like, “This has nothing to do with the position you posted, but here’s my film and I want to be an animator at your studio.” (from @little.lucy.things)

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My favorite tale from My Tales from the Black Night of the Soul series. Chapter 5 - Butterfly's Revenge. #experimentalphotography #sculpey #claymation #clay #talesfromtheblacknightofthesoul

✨Doz aşımı (03.08.16)
#claymation #motion
#animation#stopmotion