Costume Fabricator

LAIKA, Hillsboro, OR

Connecting the New with the Timeless to Tell Enduring Stories

General Summary
The Costume Fabricator works as part of a team, under the supervision of the Head of Costume, fabricating costumes for animation puppets used in Stop Motion feature films. This position will be required to quickly grasp the design concept as defined by the Costume Designer, stay on style throughout the fabrication process and provide a high level of finishing for miniatures that hold up to scrutiny on a big screen.

Essential Job Functions

  • Follow reference images, designs and design direction when working on new puppets.
  • Pattern garments using draping, flat pattern manipulation techniques and a variety of costume construction techniques such as extremely fine hand sewing, cutting, fusing, gluing, embroidery, etc.
  • Follow costume construction notes and direction to accurately duplicate puppet multiples.
  • Create a support structure that goes under a garment that enhances desired puppet movement and performance; this includes hard elements like wires and rigid forms as well as soft elements like foam or fabric linings.
  • Document detailed, concise and easy to follow instructions for all patterns and processes used in creating a costume.
  • Embellish fabrics by using a range of techniques while maintaining fabric performance, when needed.


  • 3+ years of experience with puppet fabrication preferred.
  • Experience in pattern cutting/draping (small scale/stop motion preferred).
  • Experience with prop/model making preferred.
  • Innovative approach and knowledge of textile and fiber art techniques preferred.
  • Ability to replicate costumes accurately. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of fabric properties.
  • Knowledge of dying and color mixing.
  • Knowledge of Photoshop and illustrator.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with costume team members as well as other departments.
  • Ability to work independently and manage time well to meet tight deadlines.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

Physical Demands and Work environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical office conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate. In certain assignments, an employee may occasionally work near moving equipment and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, airborne fumes and loud, prolonged noise (hearing protection required when using power tools).

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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Founded in 2005, LAIKA has grown to occupy a unique and distinctive place in American cinema by continuously expanding the boundaries of the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. We are a community of storytellers, artists, inventors, technicians, and craftspeople from around the world, committed to fusing filmmaking’s state-of-the-art technologies with a handmade animation tradition as old as film itself. Our mission is to bring to the screen the kinds of emotional, innovative, and exhilarating stories we as filmmakers loved growing up. Our first feature film was 2009’s Oscar®-nominated Coraline, followed by the Oscar®- and BAFTA-nominated ParaNorman in 2012. The Boxtrolls hit theaters in 2014, garnering the studio its third straight Oscar® nomination. Our fourth film, Kubo and the Two Strings, will be released in the summer of 2016.

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