Blue Zoo nominated for a double at British Animation Awards

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Blue-Zoo’s animated short has been nominated in two categories at the BAAs.

‘Mamoon’ is Blue-Zoo’s latest award-winning, innovative short, that experiments with light and projection. It has been nominated in the categories for ‘Best Short’ and ‘Best Craft’ at the British Animation Awards.

It has also previously been nominated in the category for ‘Best British Short Animation’ by BAFTA.

Mamoon is the brainchild of Blue Zoo’s Senior Animation Director, Ben Steer, who’s response to the company’s shorts programme won the heart of Blue-Zooers who voted his idea into production.

Already in its sixth year, the shorts programme is an excellent opportunity for creative diversity and experimentation, without commercial expectations. With previous shorts tending to be more humourous, the brief this time was to create an emotional, human story, with the proviso that the characters be animated in Maya  and then projected and filmed.

“The idea behind this was to benefit from the beautiful optical properties created in the process, elements we usually spend a lot of time and money trying to recreate – refractions, reflections, light bounce and depth of field. The only thing that would be done in post-production would be grading, everything else would be captured in camera.” 

– Tom Box, Co-Producer