Some nice pieces on the production, especially the 3d printing and rigging, as well as figure construction and set construction.

Our own Justin Rasch has some screen time as well!

Best,

Rick

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Great, the DVD is out and it's still not released in Australia until 2013! So I could get it from Amazon and see it before it gets to a theatre near me.
I think I want the big screen experience but I'll be getting the dvd later, and will definitely look out for "Jriggity" Rasch in the behind the scenes stuff.
I got the book from Amazon a while ago.

Anyone care to break down the behind the scenes available on the DVD?  I'm losing the will to live reading the philosophical hyperbole on Amazon customer reviews.  Thanks!

Can't recall exactly, but there are sections that include info on rigs, construction, puppet making, rapid prototyping, etc. I don't recall a special armatures "section" but I think it was shown in some fashion.

I  thought a lot of good info.....more than I generally see on some dvds.....but that was my take...I felt they were worthwhile.

Best,

Rick

There is a GREAT extra on the Blu Ray on Angry Agatha. I was super impressed at how much of that sequence was still puppet. The face splits and contorsions are all replacement heads. I had no idea.

I was worried that the "making of extras" was going to be the same clips I have been watching on Youtube but I don't think I saw a single one in the extras that is also on Youtube.

What do they reveal about building the various set pieces ?

Also wanted to add that I thought the lighting was wonderful. I have to get to the end and see who all were responsible. Great job guys! Made the puppets and sets SING.

Best,

Rick



Steven Hauben said:

What do they reveal about building the various set pieces ?

You do get to see a couple of sets under construction, but I don't remember anyone going into any detail about materials or process. Though one guy did say how frustrating it was that every building had to be custom-made since there are no straight lines and everything is crooked. 

About armatures - you see several in the featurettes, but they're fully assembled already. The only time you see one in pieces (that I recall) is in the speeded-up thing at the end of the credits where you see the armature being assembled and placed in a mold and rubber poured into it. 

They do go into some detail about the upgraded rapid prototyping process. But again, you don't see very much that wasn't already in the little promo films they released along the way during production. Well, a little more - it's like the promos were bits and pieces of the footage that was used for the longer featurettes. 

Probably the featurettes where you get to really see the process the best is for costumes, hair and rigging. 

I should add though, there were a lot of featurettes - I watched some last night and some today, so I might be forgetting something. 

Steve - the pre-production promos (the ones shown on YouTube etc) are included on the blu-ray - you just have to dig around a little. But those are just an extra extra if you will - the real featurettes are much bigger and better. 

I rewatched the blu ray this morning. Yes most of the Youtube videos are in the featurettes section. Did you see the one on making the lamp? It was awesome!

The Behind the scenes section runs about 35 minutes and is divided into 9 sections and there is very little on set construction except for some speed clips in the shop. However most of the interviews take place on the sets and you get to see the scale. Rigging pieces of mud and snot are shown and like Strider said there is a lengthy section on the puppets, hair and clothing.

The featurettes run about 15 minutes and are mostly the short clips gound on the internet.

I have not done any of the connected BluRay special things yet.

I also ordered the "Art and Making Of Paranorman" book from Amazon.

Let us know if the book has any further details than what was in the dvd extras.

The book (which is amazingly beautiful!) covers pretty much the same territory, with a really strong emphasis on concept art and character design (and come to think of it they're also covered in the DVD extras, but much more so in the book). 

Neither the book nor the DVD/Blu-Ray give away anything in the way of technical details - I don't think there's going to be a big run on trying to duplicate the technical achievements for Paranorman like there was with the head mechanisms for Corpse Bride or the original rapid prototyping for Coraline (the newer version is just a refinement, not breaking entirely new ground or anything). 

My personal verdict - both book and DVD have some really nice extra material that I enjoyed quite a bit, but don't expect to find detailed images of armature parts or any real technical info of the kind that makes the tech-junkies salivate. 

Steve - yes!! I love that featurette on the lamp! It's my favorite actually, though they're all nice. 

Paranorman - This Little Light

I have watched the light featurette 5 times.

I also watched some of the "time lapse scenes" in super slo mo. You can see the hole drilling and everything so that was cool to do.

 

.. And THAT folks,  is actually as technical as they get in the extra features. Well, that and of course this one, which I guess everybody has already seen:

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