Magazine article Variety

'Ugly Mistakes' Are a Key to Beautiful Sets

Magazine article Variety

'Ugly Mistakes' Are a Key to Beautiful Sets

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From the start, one of Laika's strengths has been its worldbuilding. "Coraline" and "The Boxtrolls" won Annie Awards for production design.

For supervising production designer Nelson Lowry - who is also the production designer on Laika's next release, "Kubo and the Two Strings" -* the ability to create richly imagined worlds is one of the attractions of the stop-motion medium.

"We get ultimate control," Lowry says. "We do everything from scratch, so we get to imbue the films with a personal style, or something that supports the story that's original and fresh."

Lowry says that Laika's design is vastly improved from when he arrived for "ParaNorman" and still getting better, in part because most of the team has worked together before.

"All the time you might spend figuring out who the hell your co-workers are, you are now able to put into the show and the uniqueness of the show and the beauty of the show," he says.

Nonetheless, they deliberately shake things up, trying out new materials or new combinations of artists. …

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