Director of Rapid Prototyping
As Director of Rapid Prototyping at LAIKA, Brian McLean unites the complex technological elements of 3D printing with traditional animation in the studio. In 2005, while working as a classically trained sculptor and model-maker in San Francisco, he was exposed to 3D printing. Shortly thereafter, he initiated the introduction of 3D printing on LAIKA’s inaugural feature film Coraline (2009). He continues to be instrumental in further groundbreaking developments and refinements of 3D printer technology for stop-motion at LAIKA and around the world. Mr. McLean was honored with an Annie Award for Special Achievement in Animation for his work on Coraline. In 2012, he was named by Variety as one of the industry’s “Animation Elite.” In 2016, he received a Scientific and Technical Oscar® plaque for his innovation in the use of 3D printing in facial animation. He was nominated for an Academy Award® for Visual Effects for Kubo and the Two Strings. He is currently at work on LAIKA’s sixth film, Wildwood.