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ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Producer and Head of Production
Arianne Sutner is LAIKA's Head of Production and shares Producer credits with Travis Knight on ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Missing Link. Prior to LAIKA, Arianne produced Animation/FX for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and served as FX Unit Production Manager for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. Her additional credits include James and the Giant Peach, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as a wide array of live-action and animated television shows, commercials, and shorts.
As the Animation Supervisor for LAIKA’s next film Missing Link as well as the studio’s Oscar®-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, and ParaNorman, Brad Schiff oversees LAIKA's world class team of animators, who consistently push the art of stop-motion animation beyond its perceived limits. Brad originally honed his stop-motion skills on popular television shows including Vinton Studios’ The PJ's and feature films including Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. He earned an Oscar® nomination in the VFX category and won a Visual Effects Society award for his contribution to Kubo and the Two Strings.
Director, Screenwriter, Character Designer
Chris Butler was Co-Director on LAIKA’s ParaNorman, for which he also wrote the original screenplay. Missing Link marks his return as both writer and director. Aside from developing his own projects, he was Head of Story and writer on Kubo and the Two Strings, and Story Supervisor for Coraline. Prior to LAIKA, Chris amassed a decade’s worth of experience designing and storyboarding on numerous high- profile animated projects, including Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. His work has been nominated for an Academy Award®, a BAFTA, several Annies, and the first GLAAD award nomination for an animated feature.
Originally from England, Deborah Cook has designed and built costumes for every LAIKA film. Her designs for Kubo and the Two Strings won a nomination for Excellence in Fantasy Film by the Costume Designers Guild, and she received a Visual Effects Society nomination for Coraline. Detailed, in-depth research, innovation in small-scale fabric technology and expertise in engineered fabric movement has made Deborah the principal stop-motion costume designer. Other film credits include Corpse Bride and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Deborah earned her BA Honors degree and did post graduate study in fine art sculpture at St. Martin's College in London.