What does Laika do to create puppets? Everything! They sculpt in clay, cast in silicone, sew clothing, place real hair on their puppets and animate by hand. But these days they also use the current tools available to fabricators and this includes using digital technology. ZBrush, 3-D printing and pre-visualizations on computers are all a part of the process now and it is what allows there to be a great number of new visual possibilities that were impossible in the past. Watch the above video to see how Laika is shaping the future of stop motion.

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Passion Pictures released a really amazing stop motion film which utilized 3-D printing for their puppet replacement faces. The animation is also extremely good and the video has gone completely viral! So what are your thoughts about stop motion that looks so perfect? Can it be improved upon even further? If you'd like to read more about the production and why this video was created to begin with, check out this behind the scenes video below.

Ben is an aspiring stop motion film maker who has a very nice blog documenting his creations. He is in his third year at Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Film and Animation program. See how he built his sets, puppets, armatures, storyboards and more by clicking his blog here. He also has a Vimeo page if you want to bypass the blog and get to see the his animations by clicking here.