One of the best elements in last year's events was the depth of knowledge that the tour guides shared. You could sense their passion from what their studio was producing and it really highlighted the meticulous work that goes into each film. This year, in addition to bringing props and puppets, Laika brought an office from their puppet department and are making a puppet during the convention. We learned about how the skeletons under the puppets are created, got to see some of the stop motion animation software, and even learned how the puppeteers often film themselves performing an action as the foundation of how they animate their puppets.
|Not the set, but a cool photo opportunity in the tour|