Here is an interesting student film trailer for a project called The Curse of the Were-Rat. According to the description "the Curse of the Were-Rat follows the story of a cat whose life suddenly lies in jeopardy as a bloodthirsty, dark arts enthusiast will do anything to achieve his goal. The clock is ticking. The atmosphere thickens with every second. One thing is certain. Before midnight, everyone will be put to their final test."

The quality looks absolutely amazing with great lighting, animation and details all over. Jan Julian Rospond tells us that the film will soon be released in-full. When that happens we'll post it up on our page here for everyone to see. For now, here is the trailer:

The Curse of the Were-Rat Official Trailer from Jan Julian Rospond on Vimeo.

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.