Animation industry notables gathered at Royce Hall in Los Angeles for the 36th Annual Annie awards yesterday. ASIFA-Hollywood awarded prizes for last year’s best animation, including projects from film, television, commercials, video games, and short subjects.

It was a night of animation giants, with amazing presenters and presentees such as Henry Selick, Nick Park and John Lasseter.

Best Animated Television Commercial category, director and Dragon Stop Motion co-creator Jamie Caliri picked up the Annie for United Airlines “Heart”.

The commercial was shot using Dragon Stop Motion 1.0 with both Canon and Nikon DSLRs.


Click here to watch “Heart”

“Heart,” produced by Duck Studios in Los Angeles, included an incredible team, with character designs by Alex Juhasz, paper sculpting by Megan Brain and background designs by Jared Purrington. The lead animators were Scott Kravitz and Eileene Kohlhepp. Yorico Murakami multi-tasked as animator and puppet fabricator along with art department / puppet-maker man, Jeremy “The Beard” Bronson. David Candalaria took on the rigging duties and Huy Vu and Pablo Grande were the fearless art department leaders. Click here for a complete credit list.

A shout-out goes to Seth Green and ShadowMachine for their Best Animated Television Production win: ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS EPISODE II. ShadowMachine runs two Dragon Stop Motion stages for special effects scenes.

A big congratulations to our buddy Mark Osborne and his amazing crew on “Kung Fu Panda” for their sweep of Annie victories.