A friendly character we created for a pitch, designed by Adam Jeffcoat

A friendly character we created for a pitch, designed by Adam Jeffcoat

Check out the pretty pictures in this months @televisualmedia ‘coz our work has been featured!

Check out the pretty pictures in this months @televisualmedia ‘coz our work has been featured!

Our latest in-house short film is taking shape nicely… not long to go now! #bzshorts

Our latest in-house short film is taking shape nicely… not long to go now! #bzshorts

Damo & Helen joined our studio 10 years ago! Time to pop open the bubbly!!

Damo & Helen joined our studio 10 years ago! Time to pop open the bubbly!!

Here’s a sneaky bit of WIP from a side project we’re working on… #zbrush #maya #arnold #bzshorts

Here’s a sneaky bit of WIP from a side project we’re working on… #zbrush #maya #arnold #bzshorts

Dave’s ZBrush head sculpt being modelled on Charlie #3dprinting (at blue-zoo animation)

Dave’s ZBrush head sculpt being modelled on Charlie #3dprinting (at blue-zoo animation)

We Like Short Shorts

At Blue-Zoo we love all aspects of animation, especially coming up with new ideas. Rather than limiting  development to a few staff, we open it up to the whole company so everyone can get a chance to develop and direct their concepts, from short films to entire TV series; creating a playground for ideas.

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Over the next few months we’ll be making a new short (these things take a long time!), so we gave everyone in the studio the chance to pitch in with their ideas for it. Last Friday the whole studio gathered to watch a screening of the 10 pitches submitted; we saw a great variety of creative ideas and crazy stories!

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As much as we’d like to make them all, we had to narrow it down to one winning idea, which would then go on to be made into an animation. For this we thought we’d keep the whole studio involved again, so asked everyone from all departments to vote for their favorite in a secret ballot.

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After a lot of box-ticking, we had nearly 100 votes in, and a winner! So we’re happy to announce that the new studio short comes out of the talented minds of Phil Brooks & Alec Smith (both animators on Tree-Fu Tom) with their idea  ”The First Murder”…  congrats guys! :)

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We’ll be posting some work in progress over the Summer while we make it, so stay tuned!

 

Here’s our first endeavour into 3D printing! We took one of the character models from the Nokia ad we made, and went for a 17cm high print… 25 hours later this was the result!

Here’s a timelapse of the print in action..
http://instagram.com/p/oBAfOpu4xN/

Korea last week, Cannes this week… Oli’s been busy! #MIPTV

Korea last week, Cannes this week… Oli’s been busy! #MIPTV

Miffy!

Mercis BV, worldwide rights owner for the classic preschool property Miffy, has partnered with Blue-Zoo to make a brand new CG animated series based on Dick Bruna’s beloved bunny character. The 52 x 7 minute series will build on the success of the stop-motion Miffy and Friends which has aired in more than 70 countries since its 2003 launch.

Marja Kerkhof, Managing Director, Mercis bv comments:

“We are delighted to be working with the creative team of  Blue-Zoo. With their team we expect to create a thoroughly modern Miffy series for generations to come…”  

The series will be complete for Miffy’s 60th anniversary in 2015.

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Introducing our talented tech team… busy making sure the Maya cogs keep turning! Currently doing a bit of crowd sim, Arnold pipeline dev and Xgen R&D, plus all the usual rigging!

Introducing our talented tech team… busy making sure the Maya cogs keep turning! Currently doing a bit of crowd sim, Arnold pipeline dev and Xgen R&D, plus all the usual rigging!

Ever wondered who runs things here at the ‘Zoo? Well wonder no more! 
From left to right, there’s Daniel (our FD), Margo (Series Production Manager for Q Pootle 5), Damian (Head of Creative Services), Tom (Co-Founder/Director), Chantal (Creative Services Producer), Oli (Co-Founder/Director), Laura (Series Production Manager for Tree Fu Tom) and Adam (Co-Founder/Director). Also, Helen is missing from the pic as she’s currently on leave with her baby!

Ever wondered who runs things here at the ‘Zoo? Well wonder no more!

From left to right, there’s Daniel (our FD), Margo (Series Production Manager for Q Pootle 5), Damian (Head of Creative Services), Tom (Co-Founder/Director), Chantal (Creative Services Producer), Oli (Co-Founder/Director), Laura (Series Production Manager for Tree Fu Tom) and Adam (Co-Founder/Director). Also, Helen is missing from the pic as she’s currently on leave with her baby!

Thanks to Jayne at the @baawards on Fri for playing our sheepy animation… about 100 times! Great night!  (at BFI Southbank)

Thanks to Jayne at the @baawards on Fri for playing our sheepy animation… about 100 times! Great night! (at BFI Southbank)

Whoop! Our “Gumball Song” animation for Cartoon Network won “Best Interstitial Campaign” at the Kidscreen Awards in NYC last night!

..aaaand that’s a wrap!! Just finished the online of episode 52 - the series final of Q Pootle 5! (at Envy Post Production)

..aaaand that’s a wrap!! Just finished the online of episode 52 - the series final of Q Pootle 5! (at Envy Post Production)