Dir: Henry Selick
If you are interested in animation in any way at all, CG or otherwise, I recommend that you buy Coraline on Blu-ray. The film is a masterpiece of animation.
“If I was ever lost about how much 3-D to use, I would just look to the story. Very much of what is coming off the screen – once you start to go there, it really makes it difficult to edit and it hurts your eyes if you don’t do it right. Where it served the story, to just have a couple of moments, like a needle in your eye, the trapeze, a few things…but mainly I used it to try and get people to come into the world with Coraline.” – Henry SelickCoraline in 3-D: magic and artistry come to life (Cineplex article)
Mr Bobinsky Drops In On Coraline
Thousands of 3D ‘Printed’ Face Shapes Were Produced For Coraline
Head Awaiting The Interchangeable Face Shapes
Example of Rapid Prototyping On A Connex500 3D Printer by Objet.
Rig and Seam Removal and Compositing in CoralineCG Society Article One Step at a Time for the Puppet of a Thousand Faces describes how a ‘new to stop-motion’ technique was used in conjunction with Maya within the production pipeline of Coraline to actually print out 3D computer models. The technique known as Rapid Prototyping with 3 Connex500 3D printers from Objet Geometries proved vital in creating characters, props and more importantly, the thousands of intricate models required for smooth face shape replacement. The article also has info on how CG was used for rig & seam removal.
Screenshot from the film.
Featurette on YouTube.
Behind the Scenes with more making of images and videos
Coraline is adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman and follows the story of a curious young girl who unlocks a secret door in her family’s new home and discovers a more exciting alternate version of her life. Although it seems better at first, she must eventually have to return home and save her family.
Some people are saying “Why not do it in CG as it looks so refined?” Well my answer would be that we are seeing a different art form. We know the stop motion puppets and sets are ‘real’ and the suspension of belief is heightened. As the viewer, we are constantly reminded and drawn back to that fact throughout the film.
The film is due for a cinema release in the US on 6th February 2009 and on 8th May 2009 in UK.