“Wuchan Kim, Korea’s first armature specialist, has been involved in various animation projects from all over the world since 2001.”
Since his student days as a postgraduate Wuchan Kim developed a Lego-like ‘module’ production system for his own animation work. This production method was created to meet the needs of Wuchan and his friends’ small-scale studio which frequently faced funding difficulties.
Naturally, this armature production method has evolved over the course of ten years: now combined with more traditional handcraft methods, it has become the foundation of a very unique construction method for custom-made armature, simply called as ‘Wuchan Style’ or ‘Wuchan Module’ amongst animation professionals.
Korea’s first armature specialist, Wuchan’s state of art armature skeletons comes from his diverse experience of working as a professional in the animation industry. They are renowned for their precision movements and custom-design to fit the animation studio’s environment.
The THINKING HAND STUDIO determines the design of the armature through close communication with the clients. And Wuchan’s delicate craftsmanship and CAD/CAM system assures the completion of an armature custom-made for each project. The THINKING HAND STUDIO strives to find and realise the movement most suitable for each character from the armature’s design stage.
“We can provide an in-house work shop service which can produce the equipment and tools, best suited for the studio environment and tailor made for each project.”
Since the introduction of digital technology in stop-motion animation, the role of rigging has become increasingly important. Rigging can drastically reduce the time in production schedule, and it is considered to be a resolution for overcoming stop-motion technique’s limitations. Animation studios have struggled to find a way to minimize the painstaking and time consuming labour of animators and facilitate the creative imagination of the stop-motionists.
It is now time for the studios to update their system to a more professional mode. Wuchan and his engineering team with seasoned veterans can provide a solution which will maximise the client’s creative imagination.
Stop-motion animation, more than other animation genres, demand equipment and tools for self production. Stop-motionists will have had the experience of looking for an appropriate metal work shop to order new equipment, then waiting anxiously for the right product to be delivered. But these tools and equipment often end up standing in the corner of the studio just taking up space or are used for a different purpose. Lack of understanding of the animation production process naturally leads to unsatisfactory metal work which can cause unnecessary additional cost and time.
We can help you with these problems: At THINKING HAND STUDIO, drawing on our extensive experience in the animation industry, we can provide an in-house work shop service which can design and produce the equipment and tools best suited for the studio environment and tailor made for each project.