BRIAN MCLEAN was awarded a Scientific and Engineering Oscar® Plaque in 2016 for pioneering the use of 3D printers in stop-motion animated characters. In 2017, he was nominated for a Visual Effects Oscar for his contributions on Kubo and the Two Strings. In 2009, Brian won an Annie Award for Special Achievement in Animation for his work on the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline and, following the release of ParaNorman, LAIKA's second film - also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature – was named by "Variety" as one of 2012's "Animation Elite." Prior to LAIKA, Brian worked as a traditionally trained sculptor creating large scale characters for Warner Bros. and Disney. He also hand-built toy prototypes and numerous scale models for TV and print ads while working at M5 Industries, best known for the TV show MythBusters.