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Integrating VFX and Stop-Motion: Steve Emerson on Hybrid Filmmaking Approach of ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

As part of AWN's Professional Spotlight Series recorded during VIEW 2016, the Oscar-nominated VFX supervisor talks about a decade of filmmaking innovation and advancement at LAIKA.

As part of AWN’s Professional Spotlight series -- a series of exclusive video interviews shot during the VIEW Conference in 2016 -- here is an in-depth discussion with Steve Emerson, visual effects supervisor on LAIKA’s ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’ In this two-part interview, Emerson talks about the inherent difficulties of stop-motion filmmaking, the challenges his crew faced creating stylized water effects that felt they belonged in Kubo’s world, as well as a decade of technological innovation and growth at the studio. He also shares insights into CEO Travis Knight’s vision for the company’s future.

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.