This year’s partnership with Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM Weekend Retreat will again include a Community Film Night on NOV 11, featuring Compositing Supervisor Sara Ireland.
Ireland came on board with LAIKA as compositor for Kubo and the Two Strings after working for five years as a 3D lighting artist at DreamWorks Animation on such movies as Puss in Boots, Turbo and Home. With Kubo in recent history, Ireland is now the compositing supervisor for Laika’s current, in-production feature film to be release in 2018.
In addition to being nominated in 2016 for Best Animated Feature Film by the Academy, Kubo and the Two Strings was also nominated for Best Visual Effects, an accolade that went squarely to Ireland’s team at LAIKA. Her team also won Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature by the Visual Effects Society for its work on Kubo.
Compositing is the art of combining two or more images to make a single picture electronically. Ireland, responsible for compositing stop motion production shots to meet the art direction of the film, worked with green screen removal, stabilization of plates in complex shots, lighting computer graphics extras, set extensions using the Katana rendering program and visual effects (VFX)/CG (computer graphics) integration to ensure Kubo had the depth, complexity and seamless interactions between all components that create every scene in the film.
Ireland has a unique education and work history that the Breckenridge Film Festival is excited to share with the Girls in STEM Tech Retreat participants. She merges art with technical expertise to create photo-realistic scenes that are pleasing to the eye, a field that opens even more doors to interested youth.
The Girls in STEM Film Night will be at the Frisco Day Lodge on Saturday, Nov. 11 with a special women in STEM presentation from Deborah alongside the opportunity to see what the Girls in STEM are working on during their retreat.
Young Kubo’s (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.
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. LAIKA has a 30+ year animation history presenting the artistry of award-winning filmmakers, designers and animators. LAIKA’s latest film, the Oscar-nominated The Boxtrolls premiered to critical acclaim in September 2014. The studio also produced two other Oscar-nominated features: ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009) as well as the CG short Moongirl (2005). The studio’s fourth feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, will open in theaters nationwide on August 19, 2016.
For more information: www.laika.com
This Film has also won many awards but below are some of the top mentions:
Academy Awards, USA 2017
Nominated Oscar: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Travis Knight | Arianne Sutner
Nominated Oscar: Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Steve Emerson | Oliver Jones | Brian McLean | Brad Schiff
Golden Globes, USA 2017
Nominated Best Motion Picture – Animated
BAFTA Awards 2017
Won BAFTA Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film: Travis Knight
*Remember if you can’t make Saturday’s screening there will be a Summit Film Society screening of Kubo and the Two Strings at Breckenridge Theater on Tuesday November 14 @ 7pm with special guest Mark Shapiro of Laika Entertainment!
Tickets are $12: http://bit.ly/SFSNov14
Advance seat reservation is highly recommended as space is limited!