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Q&A with Animation Supervisor Brad Schiff Part 3 of a four part interview series with ParaNorman's creators
Animator Brad Schiff
Brad Schiff works at animation studio LAIKA, and was an animator on the company's Oscar-nominated 2009 feature "Coraline."

Q: What is special about working in stop-motion?

A: There is a certain soul to stop-motion process you don't find in other types of animation that is special. We are manipulating an actual puppet with our hands, one frame a time 24 times a second to create a performance. The spontaneity and tactility of the process in my opinion make it special.


Q: What are the aesthetic benefits that go with something that requires such physical concentration?

A: Would you consider mental exhaustion an aesthetic benefit? I don't know if it's a benefit but what's rewarding is, at the end of a day where you've been on your feet and mentally fixating on a puppet, you can press "Play" and you're able to see the life that you've created that day - our own little species.




The coolest, though, is on Fridays when you go to the theater [the screening space on-site at LAIKA's studios] with everybody, and you see all the finalized shots with people reacting. That's goose bumps time.