Director/screenwriter Chris Butler appears at the Society of Illustrators on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The advertising slogan for LAIKA’s new stop-motion movie hit ParaNorman could apply to the Oregon-based studio as well. Far away from the high-profile California animation studios, LAIKA burst on the scene with 2009’s Oscar-nominated Coraline and this year unveiled its new comedy thriller to acclaim. Like The Sixth Sense’s Cole Sear, 11-year-old Norman Babcock is able to see and speak with the dead. Summoning up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – Norman becomes the only person who can save his town from a centuries-old curse.
The movie enhances classic stop-motion animation techniques with cutting-edge digital technology. The LAIKA artisans’ offbeat sensibilities spark a unique visual style and unusual story; ParaNorman offers thrills, laughs, and emotional moments in equal measure, underscored with a message of understanding and acceptance of “different” people – even zombies.
On Tuesday, November 13th, Joe Strike will interview ParaNorman screenwriter Chris Butler, who with Sam Fell directed the movie, as part of his ongoing Interview with an Animator conversation series at the Society of Illustrators. Behind-the-scenes videos will showcase the low- and high-tech secrets of the movie’s creation, and Butler will reflect on the years bringing his labor of love to the screen. Actual props and other elements seen on-screen will be on display – get ready to meet Norman Babcock in person!
$15 Non-members, $10 Non-members, $7 students/seniors
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
Chris Butler appears at the Cartoon Art Museum on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM
The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of ParaNorman with screenwriter and co-director Chris Butler on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. After amassing an impressive array of feature credits as storyboard artist, character designer, and sequence director over the past decade, Chris Butler marks his first feature as director and screenwriter with ParaNorman. Learn about the special challenges of creating a stop motion animation feature with a look at exclusive footage courtesy of LAIKA animation studio.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum on November 7, but they may also be pre-purchased through Guestlist Ticketing. Seating for this special event is limited, so advance reservations are recommended. Tickets for this event are $7, and Cartoon Art Museum members will receive two-for-one admission.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105