Thursday, October 20, 2016

2016 Laika Reel - Kubo and the Two Strings

I worked at Laika for about a year between February 2015 to February 2016 and they finally released my portfolio materials! I worked in the (Oscar winning) Rapid Prototyping Department as a Rapid Prototyping Quality Assurance for Laika's 4th film, Kubo and the Two Strings. I was responsible for bringing 3D printed faces and objects from the printer to camera ready. I usually tell people that we are sort of like make up artists for puppets. I think the work here is about 1/10 of the shots I have touched one way or another.

Tina T. Hsu 2016 Laika reel from Tina T. Hsu on Vimeo.

Here is the full BTS video for better understanding of the process.

I appear in 5:15 - 5:18 sanding the 200% Kubo's for his one tear moment, and 5:25 - 5:32 probably painting someone's teeth to add gloss to them.


  1. Hello Tina T., good night
    My name is Raul Henrique and I speak from Brazil, I would like to know for more realism in your stop motion, how many frames do you use per second? And for me who is a beginner what's the first tip? thank you

    1. Hi, I try to do 24fps when I do personal work, but most of my commercial work is on twos, which means 12fps. I think the first tip I have for you is to just start animating a lot and see if you enjoy it enough to do it full time. Animation is very tedious and time consuming, so I would say figure out if you can stand it or not first.