Role: Director, Lead Animator, Editor

Lynx & Birds

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!

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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