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Aardman Animation’s “Dot” Wins Webby Award

The Brits and our neighbors to the north in Canada will take home more than a few Webby Awards tonight in the Online Film and Video categories. The Internet awards show, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, will give Aardman Animation’s “Dot” a People’s Voice Award in the Animation category. Billed as “the world’s smallest stop-motion animation” (it’s got a Guinness World Record to prove it), the project was part of a product campaign for the Nokia N8 smartphone and used the N8 during its own production. Webby nominees within four umbrella entry groups โ€” Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film and Video and Mobile & Apps โ€” had a shot at winning two awards for each of the 139 categories: a Webby Award and a People’s Voice Award determined by popular vote. You can find the full list of 2011 Webby winners and nominees here. The ceremony will take place tonight at 8 pm at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and will simultaneously stream from Facebook. Go to the page for Netted, the awards show’s daily e-letter, and RSVP to watch the show from your computer. The Webby Award in Animation will go to “Do You Know What Nano Means?,” below, a multi-textured creation from the Canadian science site for kids, Wonderville, which is funded by the nonprofit Science Alberta Foundation. Another lovely animation, “Ode to a Post-it Note,” created for 3M Canada and the sticky note’s 30th anniversary, will be honored for Best Branded Entertainment. Live-action filmmaking will also get its due tonight when the awards show celebrates a number of Web-only news, commercial, documentary, music video, drama and comedy productions. The low-budget, reverse-engineered 2 Guys 600 Pillows (Backwards Music Video), below, from comedian filmmakers and YouTube sensations Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, will take both the Webby and People’s Voice prize for Best Editing. The duo’s upcoming IFC show Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, which will begin airing on June 24, will dish up the same style of spoofs on small-scale, regional commercial production that made them so popular online. The National Film Board of Canada’s interactive Welcome to Pine Point and Briony Campbell’s moving piece for London’s Guardian online, Saying Goodbye with My Camera, will win in the Best Documentary category. Several Funny or Die productions, including the beloved Zach Galifianakis talk show Between Two Ferns, will take home multiple awards. Other notable winners include Pitchfork’s POV Concert Series, which lets viewers choose from six different camera angles while they watch a music video, and Museum of London: Streetmuseum, the amazing iPhone camera app out of the UK that juxtaposes scenes from London’s history over present-day street scenes in your iPhone’s camera view. While the app will be honored as part of the Mobile & Apps segment and not in Online Film and Video, I am waiting impatiently for a New York version that will do for every part of the city what Scorsese did for lower Manhattan in the closing shots of Gangs of New York. I’m sure there are more than a few location scouts, music video directors, editors and motion graphic artists out there who are just as impatient.

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