Go behind the scenes with Puppet Fabrication Creative Supervisor Georgina Hayns — who set up the puppet department at Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings — to find out what it takes to create the beautiful puppets featured in stop motion film work.

Answer: It takes around 30 skilled artists and craftspeople from three to six months to make a puppet, from sculptors, to mold makers, to armature builders, to people who cast all of the separate puppet pieces, to the painters, hair specialists, and costume makers… plus lots of planning and communication. From Academy Originals, enjoy Credited As: Head of Puppetry.

Don’t miss Jim Henson: How to make puppets (1969), Bottle by Kirsten Lepore, Ray Harryhausen’s Mother Goose Stories (1946), Sweet Fern’s Animated Life, Paper to Plants: a stop-motion paper film for Tinybop, and Samantha Bryan’s handmade fairies & flying contraptions.

via The Awesomer.

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