As part of our long-running short films initiative, we...As part of our long-running short films initiative, we pitched the question to our team "Can you visualise the frustrations of the creative process?" So we organised some brainstorming sessions on the problems with brainstorming sessions, had committee meetings on the pains of design by committee, and bounced ideas around about how we bounce ideas around. Embracing a minimal design language to focus on the characterisation, we created a short film which is a montage of relatable scenarios for the creative professional.
Big thanks to Box of Toys Audio for the music and audio
Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a...Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. Here is a montage of some of their recent work!
Watch the Making of: https://vimeo.com/379284359...Watch the Making of: https://vimeo.com/379284359
Every Christmas we do something a bit unique that represents and challenges our studio's diverse styles and skills. This time we have turned to our new dedicated 2D animation studio who have created something very special.
The first 2D #BZshorts film is directed by People and Talent Coordinator, Katie Gascoyne. Our commitment to pioneering new talent and giving opportunities to ALL staff is at the heart of the shorts program. This year, there was a blind pitch where the whole company was invited to pitch an idea for the music video to Scouting for Girl’s Christmas single. Specifically, the brief asked for an “odd couple.” Katie won the blind pitch with a heart-warming pairing between Dan, a living gingerbread man, and his human girlfriend, Mandy.
Jovan de Melo
Jovan De Melo Junior
Comp & FX
‘Let’s Not Go Away’ a Song by Scouting For Girls
Music & Lyrics by Roy Stride, David Freedman, Jackson Freedman
All @ Blue Zoo
Made by Blue Zoo Animation Studios
© Blue Zoo Productions Ltd 2019
We worked with Wax/On to create a versatile campaign...We worked with Wax/On to create a versatile campaign suitable for screen and print to promote Doddle and it's parcel collection service. The animation shows parcel delivery 'hell' versus a cloud-filled parcel collection 'heaven', reminding us that Doddle is the 'perfect place for our presents'.
The animation combines 2D and 3D techniques giving it a soft, painterly quality, and it's built in one shot cleverly panning from parcel drop-off misery to the parcel collection happy place. Everything is rendered in Maya.
Animation Director: Dane Winn
Art Director: Izzy Burton
Executive Director: Damian Hook
Producer: Chantal Baldwin
Hope Works have been working in conjunction with Unicef...Hope Works have been working in conjunction with Unicef and the world’s biggest broadcasters to produce a series of films designed to bolster hope amongst our children, who are exposed to increasingly challenging topics via media, from war to natural disaster. We were commissioned by Cartoon Network UK to produce A Whale’s Tale, tackling the subject of marine pollution but with a positive message. The films launched simultaneously on networks around the world on World Children’s Day.
In a timely story about love triumphing over fear, we...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: https://vimeo.com/247821107
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
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
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.
To help protect endangered big cats, please make sure to support:
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A paw-some series of shorts featuring the fetching pooch...A paw-some series of shorts featuring the fetching pooch based on the real-life pup, Showlow! After a competition to choose the starring dog, our commercials team created this campaign bringing together Paw Patrol and Pedigree.
It's that time of year! And we'd like to introduce you to...It's that time of year! And we'd like to introduce you to the Moonies; the chaotic couple who won't be getting the Christmas they expected this year.
When an evening of festivities goes very wrong, the Moonies try to hide any wrongdoing. Little do they know who they’re up against.
Christmas with the Moonies is the result of our 2018 seasonal shorts programme, a company-wide initiative renowned for its output of award-winning shorts that push creative boundaries, allow experimentation and are truly collaborative in process. Individuals have the opportunity to pitch their idea to the studio and the studio votes the most popular idea into production.
Directed by Will Cook
Storyboarded by Joe Kinch
Layout: Ben Steer
Lead CG Supervisor: Paul Mitcheson
Lead Lookdev Artist: Athur Tibbett
Unreal Technical Artists: Jack Sainsbury, Phil Stewart, Dane Winn
Character Design: Nelson Atmos
CG Modeling Artists: Pietro Licini, Erika Eguia, Richard Cope, Chris Wright, Jacopo Piccini
Surfacing Artist: Izzy Burton
Animation: Ben Steer, Dane Winn, Benjamin Lane, Chloe Deneuve, Jessica Austin, Joaquin Martinez, Julia Millan, Marcus Taylor, Mark Spokes, Megan Huggins, Phillip Ward, Owen Fern, Oleksiy Popov, Sam Webster, Sarah Caisley, Zoe Risser
Rigging: Anthony Delliste
Pipeline: Phil Stewart
IT: John Harvey, Alex Cornell, Alan Anderson
Production Managers: Chantal Baldwin & Nikitha Mannam
Producer: Tom Box
With thanks to: Oli Hyatt, Adam Shaw, Lizzie Hicks, Damian Hook, Epic Games, all @ Blue Zoo.
How do we follow our festive short "More Stuff"? We make...How do we follow our festive short "More Stuff"? We make a short that follows it!
Continuing the theme of parodies onwards from animated musicals, we made an epic action movie trailer full of movie parodies... can you spot all 20 references? Movie coming soon... if Santa brings us a few $million for Christmas!
Production Company: Blue Zoo Animation
Directed by Simone Giampaolo and Joe Kinch
Producers: Tom Box, Damian Hook & Lizzie Hicks
Lead modelling and textures: Pietro Licini, Gherardo Zurla
Modelling: Hannah Wong, Dane Winn, Maxime Guillemin, Mélanie Gras
Rigging: Anthony Delliste
Digital matte painter: Izzy Burton
Lead lighting and compositing: Charlie Batho, Paul Mitcheson
Lead animators: Simone Giampaolo, Dan Edgley
Additional animation: Zeina Masri, Steve Kimbrey, Lizzie Hicks
Additional lighting: Elaine Thomas & Damian Hook
Pipeline TDs: Joe Leveson & Jay Tsang
Pipeline Networking: Marco Cusano
Cloud rendering support: YellowDog
Sound design: Joe Kinch
Music: Audio Network