Computer-modeled stop motion in “Coraline”

This is a bit old, but still cool: the film Coraline (based on a great book by one of my favorite authors) was stop-motion, not CG.  However, the facial animation was extremely smooth, due to a unique process.  The expressions were modeled by computer, exactly as they would have been for a CG animated feature.  Then for each frame, the faces were “printed” out on a “3D printer” (rapid prototyping machine).  These tweened “frame faces” were swapped in for each stop-motion frame.  CGSociety has an article describing the production pipeline for this film, an intriguing combination of CG and stop-motion animation.

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