Calm Morning: ParaNorman

Calm Morning: ParaNorman

Join us for sensory-friendly gallery exploration and a family workshop inspired by the accommodative screening of ParaNorman (2012). 

We invite visitors to explore the art of LAIKA Studios during our Calm Morning program on Saturday, October 29, from 9am to 11am. ASL interpretation provided.

From 9am to 10am, explore the Inventing Worlds and Characters: Animation gallery in our Stories of Cinema exhibition, on Level 3, where sound and lighting adjustments will be made for a more sensory-friendly viewing experience.

Next, from 10am to 11am, visit the Shirley Temple Education Studio for a ParaNorman (2012) inspired demonstration and family workshop. We will be joined by LAIKA’s costume designer Deborah Cook and stop-motion rigger for LAIKA Lindzay Irving.

Deborah Cook will lead us through a collaborative costume activity where participants will select fabrics and buttons to add to a large cut-out of Norman to create his signature red hoodie and jeans costume.

Lindzay Irving will demonstrate how to make a “toilet paper zombie,” like the ones featured in ParaNorman, that attaches to a simple rig. Families will then get to create their own take-home toilet paper zombies.

In addition to the Calm Morning program, we encourage visitors to attend our accommodative, open-caption screening of ParaNorman at 11am in the Ted Mann Theater. The screening is part of our weekly Family Matinees film series. A separate admission ticket is required.

The Shirley Temple Education Studio will remain open during the screening as a space for relaxation and continued art making until 1pm.

Originally from England, Deborah Cook has designed and built costumes for every LAIKA film. Her designs for Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) won an award for Excellence in Fantasy Film from the Costume Designers Guild, and she received a Visual Effects Society nomination for Coraline (2009). Detailed, in-depth research, innovation in small-scale fabric technology, and expertise in engineered fabric movement has made Cook a principal stop-motion costume designer. Other film credits include Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). Cook earned her BA Honors degree and did post-graduate study in fine art sculpture at St. Martin's College in London.

Lindzay Irving graduated from Portland State University in 2013 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her focus was mechanical design, which she employed extensively during the six years she spent in the aerospace industry. Now with LAIKA Studios, Irving uses her understanding of mechanical movement and design to devise rigs for stop-motion animation. She is currently working as a stop-motion rigger on LAIKA’s next film, Wildwood. In her spare time, Irving volunteers as a Science Communication Fellow with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

If you have any questions, or need assistance planning your visit, please email 

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