Directors Stacchi and Annable Talk The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls represents Laika’s most elaborate, action-packed stop-motion movie yet. It’s a feast for the eyes — more Hammer than gothic — and the two biggest challenges were the frantic waltz sequence and the Mecha-Drill mayhem. But overall, as director Graham Annable admits, “The growth and maturity of Laika, combined with the Victorian steampunk look, made for such a rich, ornate, detailed setting. It just pushed everybody’s skills to the max.”

For Anthony Stacchi, who’s a newbie to stop-motion, he wanted to treat stop-motion like live-action and all of the VFX are as real or as hot or as cold as they could make them. “It was all driven by the look of the design and how to best obtain that look in stop-motion.”

“It was always the intention to preserve what’s special and desirable about stop-motion to make sure we did not lose that quality, but finding ways to surround it and make the world feel bigger,” adds Annable, who so successfully grasped the essence of the boxtrolls that he was promoted to director.

But the waltz sequence proved the most difficult, in which Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Winnie (Elle Fanning) try to share a romantic moment despite his discomfort and the villainous exploits of Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley).

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, previs, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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