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Lynx & Birds

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In a timely story about love triumphing over fear, we created a short festive animation that would rival any Christmas advert in the cuteness stakes!

Check out the making-of here:

Now in its 6th year, our company-wide shorts programme encourages experimentation in the studio and a culture of creative collaboration. Everyone in the studio has the opportunity to pitch their idea, and everyone votes for their favourite, making it unique and democratic. This year Simone Giampaolo & Francesco Mazza won the vote and steered the studio together to make this short.

We hope you enjoy it & wish you a very happy Christmas from all at Blue Zoo :)

Production Company: Blue Zoo Animation Studio

Directed by: Francesco Mazza & Simone Giampaolo

Art Direction & Design: Francesco Mazza

Animation Direction: Simone Giampaolo

Music: Brollyman

Narration: Darren Altman

Lead Modeller: Pietro Licini

CG Supervisor: Gherardo Zurla

Modelling & Texturing: Pietro Licini, Mélanie Gras, Hannah Wong

Head of Look Dev: Negar Bagheri

Grooming & Look Dev: Arthur Tibbett, Hannah Wong

Rigging, simulation and FX: Anthony Delliste

Lead Animator: Simone Giampaolo

Animators: Jim Sweeting, Owen Fern, Zoé Risser

Lighting TDs: Hannah Wong, Gherardo Zurla, Steven White

Compositing: Hannah Wong, Elaine Thomas, Negar Bagheri, Gherardo Zurla

Additional Art: Izzy Burton

Pipeline Team: Jay Tsang, Phil Stewart

Producer: Tom Box

Production Managers: Lizzie Hicks, Negar Bagheri

Voice Effects: Alec Smith

Sound Design & Mix: John Sutherland

VO Sound Engineer: Dom Boucher @ The Sound Company

Special Thanks:

Brollyman and Matthew Slater, Adam Shaw, Damian Hook, Joe Kinch, Dane Winn, Sophie Rekasowski, Carole Baskin, Catherine Gallo, Jacques Gauthier, Fabrizia Spera, Alessandra Battaglia and all our families.

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Genres: Animation, Storytelling

Categories: Media and Entertainment, Online

Blue Zoo Animation, 1 year ago