06 February 2009

we used to leave the blue lights on and there was a beat.

last night i went to the world premier of "Coraline" - the new stop-motion animated feature created right here in my own backyard. and for once that does not mean los angeles. this is definitely a first for portland and the excitement was tangible when i arrived at the theater for the red-carpet extravaganza. i did not know much about the film except that it was from the director of nightmare before christmas and it took a long time to make. it was a surprise to be handed 3-d glasses - that resembled ray-bans (oh tragically hip portland) - and even more surprised to experience how they really took this film to the next level. rather that just posting the trailer, i thought it was more impressive to see this - the making of:

the after party was across the street at the art museum and was arguably my favorite part of the night, not because of the mini-burgers and open bar, but because they actually brought in several of the sets from the film to have on display. they were nothing short of incredible! to see them up close and realize the painstaking detail and hours upon hours of work that went into creating Coraline was a sight to behold. every single thing in this movie is handmade - the victorian house, the teeny little clothes, the grass...it's amazing. a labor of love to be sure. it was really special to be a part of this night because i could feel how proud the 300+ people involved were of their final piece of art. it made me remember how much i love film and why i would love to be a part of it. here are some (sub-par) photos from my cell phone of a few of the sets...

coraline's house (which was actually set in oregon)...

a model of coraline (maybe 12" tall) at the costume station..

i was absolutely obsessed with these teeny jeans that Coraline wears. they were about five inches long and an inch across. i wish you could see the tiny stitching and hardware. i don't even know how its possible to make such tiny clothes...

the "other" father. i was blown away by the attention to detail. notice the records to the left of the piano. the record sleeves had worn corners to show their age. who thinks of that!? amazing.

i hope everyone can appreciate the film in its entirety and not just for the obvious two-hours you watch on screen. it really is a work of art.

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