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Hands On Workshop


Join us for behind the scenes workshop on Stop Motion!!

  • 300,000 Clicks Of A Camera: How LAIKA Makes An Animated FilmClick for video
    Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a major stop-motion production? Join Mark Shapiro from LAIKA, the Hillsboro, Oregon-based animation studio. Mark will take us through the comprehensive handmade process that has created three Oscar-nominated feature films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014). Building entire worlds by hand, piece by piece, learn how LAIKA creates life, in 24 frames per second.
    Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Oregon-based LAIKA is an animation studio specializing in feature films. Travis Knight serves as President and CEO of the company, which is owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight. Highlighting the artistry of award-winning filmmakers, designers and animators, LAIKA has produced three Oscar-nominated stop-motion movies: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014) as well as the all-CG short Moongirl (2005). The studio’s fourth feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, will premiere in theaters worldwide on August 19, 2016.

     We are offering 2 wonderful workshops. 

  • One is for STUDENTS ONLY who have registered with their schools and the second is open to the public.






  • We highly recommend purchasing a weekend pass as it provides more access than the single screening block ticket.  
  • Weekend Passes give you free entrance to all events except the Awards Dinner ($125 ticket). 

Weekend Pass entitles bearer to all regular events March 30 – April 2, 2017 including Friday Night Gala Cocktail Party and first screening, ALL regular screening events throughout the weekend, Professional Panel Discussions, and more.

 *Again, The weekend pass DOES NOT INCLUDE Awards Dinner on Sunday night.  Separate tickets may be purchased for that through this site.