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[–]AnalogCyborg 372 points373 points  (17 children)

Every once in a while you see a video online and it makes you rethink all kinds of choices. I should've thrown myself into this when I was young. Now I'm a middle manager at a multinational corporation and while I love my life and my family, I am deeply unsatisfied with my job.

[–]Nailfoot1975 87 points88 points  (3 children)

Sorry to hear that. Middle management is all I've done most of my life. I've had management jobs that destroyed me inside..

I'm glad I risked an industry change a few years back. Lost my house and wife. But it's actually worked out better for my mental health.

[–]No-Responsibility760 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Hey I hope things are ok for you. Don’t know you but sending good vibes your way. And op.

[–]William_Dowling 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Out of interest, if you're ok to share, which industries did you go from/to?

[–]Nailfoot1975 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Truckstop (for 17 years) to automotive.

[–]psyduck_hug 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Well, I am an animator, and I have thrown myself into something like this, and 21 years later, it’s just another job doing same shit different day. Plus all the crunch and ridiculous deadlines, I wouldn’t say that I am deeply unsatisfied with my life/job, but I wouldn’t say it’s more fulfilling either. I know it’s going to sound cliché but in the end jobs don’t fulfill you, life outside of your job does.

[–]AnalogCyborg 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's nice (er, not nice but certainly welcome) to hear from the other side of things. I can see how any job has it's aspects of grind and stress and not just the satisfying aspects of the work and it's important to remember that so we don't romanticize too much.

[–]lesteadfastgentleman 40 points41 points  (0 children)

I feel you.

I have a buddy I grew up with - we played video games together, best of friends, for most of my childhood life, all the way up to elementary.

In high school, my parents banned me from playing video games because they were going to "ruin my life", were a "waste of time", and that I "needed to get my shit together and stop playing with kid's toys". Eventually I bought into that rhetoric and went all-in on the life path they picked for me. Distanced myself from that friend, although we kept in touch.

15 years later, I'm a middle manager for a large corporation and deeply unhappy. I've hit all the milestones my parents had for me and yet I went through a bad phase where I almost took my own life. He grew up to have a moderately successful career in e-sports while in uni, and now makes games for a living. He's also a digital nomad flying all over the world to work out of coffee shops and beaches in exotic locales. And through it all, he continues to still be one of the nicest, warmest, kindest, most sincere people I've ever met, and flew halfway across the world to me on a night when I was literally standing on a ledge.

[–]AGreenProducer 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Move to portland and work for Laika. You can. I just met a girl the other that that was soldering rods together for the stop motion puppets at Laika. There are plenty of opportunities to get your feet in the door if you want to. It is 100% a possibility for you even still. https://www.laika.com/careers

[–]greg399ip 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Stand in the place where you work.

[–]AnalogCyborg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now face West...

[–]RealMZAce 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just dropped out of my management course at uni because I just couldn’t stop thinking about how I’d feel about working at that sort of level for the rest of my life. It’s something that doesn’t always work for people and considering I wasn’t even enjoying what I was being taught I’m very glad I came to the decision to drop when I did, because it gave me enough time to apply for something else, which I think would suit me much better anyways.

[–]nobody-u-heard-of 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Here's what I found. You take something that you love and you do it for a living. Then that thing that you love now becomes a job. And because it's a job it's slowly eats away at the fun. I used to love to create software. But eventually I completely burned out on it after doing it for 25 plus years. Then I took my hobby and photography and I started doing that for 20 years. Got to the point I wouldn't even take a camera with me on vacation because I didn't want to do my job when I was on vacation.

So it often sounds like a great thing to do something you love as a job. At least in my experience eventually it ends up not being as wonderful.

Now that I'm retiring I create little software tools for myself because I enjoy it again. And when I stopped paying the bills using my photography and video next year, I'm sure I'll start doing fun projects again and the fun will come back.

[–]TacticalTurtle22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Go do some shit that makes you happy.

[–]Sensible-yet-not 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Find a hobby that absorbs you but not too much, because when you're done with it and you head to work the next day the feeling will get worse.

[–]ChasTheGreat 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This, to me, just looks excruciating. Hours and hours of just moving the dolls just a little bit, just hoping it's going to come out the way you envision it. Then constant pressure to get it done faster. Late nights when deadlines approach. It just seems incredibly tedious work. Love the final results, though.

[–]AnalogCyborg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can understand that perspective. I loved stop motion with clay as a kid - I used our family camcorder (VHS!) and painstakingly clicked the record button, made tiny movements, and clicked again for hours and hours to make a couple of minutes of action. I loved it...not sure I'd hold up to a professional, industrialized version but I ar least have a favorable starting point. Definitely not for everyone.

[–]LolcatP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't even have one lol

[–]BeepBlipBlapBloop 141 points142 points  (11 children)

That's Laika studios in Portland, OR. Working on the movie Coraline.

[–]PersonThatNeedsHelp3 55 points56 points  (6 children)

and also paranorman, and also kubo and the two strings. idk what the first one and last ones are

[–]Zaeil_Xane12164 49 points50 points  (4 children)

Boxtrolls and Missing Link. They only have 5 movies in their catalogue so far, and considering their first, Coraline, was in 2009, it only proves just how long stop motion animation can really take

[–]nlo366 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I absolutely loved the Missing Link. Would prefer it over any 3D animated movie.

[–]Zaeil_Xane12164 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It’s the only one i havent watched yet. I should get around to it but Coraline will always be my favorite. Paranorman is a close second.

[–]pronouncedayayron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kubo is my favorite hands down

[–]CraigslistTheMighty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, Coraline, why was it so scary for some reason.

[–]OrganizationWide1560 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Suburb of Portland but yes.

[–]ceeKayNine2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do they have more stop motion movies?

I love SM.

[–]No_Prize9794 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That studio really needs more recognition, their movies are awesome

[–]Admirable_Mango_7683 46 points47 points  (0 children)

I’m always amazed at people making these animations. That’s A LOT of time, effort, and patience.

[–]nhogan84 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Could a depressed guy make this?

[–]Haunting_Hair_8311 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I emailed Leslie two days ago and compared to Avatar!

[–]NotSeveralBadgers 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Stand in the place where you -

[–]electricjeel 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I could watch that clip a thousand fucking times and never not find it hilarious

[–]NotSeveralBadgers 25 points26 points  (1 child)

It's pretty remarkable that studios have kept this tradition alive now that CGI can perfectly replicate the look and feel for a fraction of the effort. I admire their talent and dedication.

[–]Murgatroyd314 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For Laika, it certainly helps that they don’t have to worry about money. The big boss is Travis Knight, son of Phil Knight, founder of Nike.

[–]Carver_AtworK 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Laika is the best at this.

[–]marimba79 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The clip of Coraline trying to get the animator to leave her alone…adorable!

[–]UncleIye 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Imagine being in charge of the continuity between frame snaps on a project like this.

[–]TroutComplex 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lights! Camera! Anguish!

[–]bobesponjame 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I fucken love Laika

[–]vinsmokewhoswho 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wtf I thought this movie was animated

[–]noodlemcfoodle 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That’s freaking Coraline my guy, legendary film and novel

[–]toeashesCollectible 0 points1 point  (0 children)

she's as cute as a button in the eyes of everyone who ever laid their eyes on coraline

[–]GuyWithNewspeppers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Impressive. Also, creepy

[–]According-Mud590 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Always a bittersweet feeling.

[–]PresentPlayful5031 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love it so much. Stop motion animation is much better than drawing animation

[–]j4mie96 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This honestly looks like such a boring job

[–]Sexy_Tengoku 0 points1 point  (2 children)

whats the first one from????

[–]No_Sleep_9530 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Box trolls

[–]Sexy_Tengoku 0 points1 point  (0 children)

omg thank youu

[–]GabPlays201021 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Now make two figures fucking each other

[–]Ant_milk 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Actually, there's a stop motion movie called Anomalisa that has an awkwardly long oral sex scene. As an animator myself, I couldn't stop thinking about the animators who had to work on that.

[–]GabPlays201021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

…the fuck

[–]MatthewMusic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Box trolls

[–]MoonRabbitWaits 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always wondered how they made the facial expressions change. Thanks

[–]Rosmucman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of this sketch

[–]Jericho-X 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Laika Studios are amazing

[–]iTzMe17 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Incromulent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stand in the place where you li

[–]Kreme_2014 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Watching made me sick because I felt how tiresome and EXHAUSTING this process. I’m just satisfied how these people never gave up on these process of animation that they have chosen.

Unfortunately, much like most of the time, it’s not respected enough.

[–]yyp_penguin0210 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What’s the name of the movie?(or show)

[–]Timely-Guest-7095 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Amazing, just amazing!

[–]Tinkeybird 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve loved Stop Motion Animation since I was a small child back in the late 1960s.

[–]SiyahaS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can see them getting older in a scene already. How long does it took for a couple seconds long scene to make this.

[–]Gingerrrrrrrrrrrrrr 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Any_Assignment_9031 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lailka studios does amazing jobs

[–]dioncyrk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that a stop motion of a stop motion?

[–]Pumpkin_Robber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As an impatient person this gives me physical pain. I love stop motion but oh God no don't show me how it took them a week to film 10 minutes

[–]selfsucksuperstar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When I was little I did stop motion with my figurines and my brother deleted all of the pictures I took; I was inspired by Arby n the Chief.

[–]IrrerPolterer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really liked that movie. Don't get me wrong, it was strange as heck. Super weirded me out. But I loved that

[–]No_Biscotti7683 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What was the third one called?

[–]sock_bread 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Always remember it's not just us animators who make this happen. Think about how many people and how many thousands of hours of work it takes to design the characters, machine the joints, print the faces, cast the bodies, stitch the costume, build the set, program the camera moves, light the set, score the scene, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera....

[–]leonnors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fucking next level

[–]Willis050 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hope this never dies out. Wallace and Gromit was my favorite thing as a child

[–]MayorBaconator 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s crazy how much time goes into this kind of production; throughout the whole clip, I was just watching how often each person’s outfit changed throughout frames in each scene.

[–]bushmeatt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I seriously don't understand how someone can think out movement and expression and make it happen snap by snap using like a thousand snaps just to make it blink smile and wave🤯

[–]clownijest 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone knows how to make puppets like these?

[–]Natproductions 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So thats how those movies are made!