The 8 rules of movie animation, according to Guillermo del Toro

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has shared his eight rules of animation. While for most people, Guillermo del Toro is viewed as a live-action filmmaker, this misperception was corrected with the Netflix release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. 

In fact, it was stop-motion that set him on the path to become an acclaimed director responsible for The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. "The funny thing is that I made the transition from stop-motion to live action," he reveals. "I started learning [how to be a filmmaker] by making animated shorts and still have the stop-motion camera that I bought in my hometown [of Guadalajara, Mexico]." 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Trevor Hogg

Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and journalist, who has written for a number of titles including 3D World, VFX Voice, Animation Magazine and British Cinematographer. An expert in visual effects, he regularly goes behind the scenes of the latest Hollywood blockbusters to reveal how they are put together. 

With contributions from