Announced this weekend as the winner of the British Short Film BAFTA, Central Saint Martins alumna Daisy Jacobs now has an anxious wait until 22 February to hear if her film The Bigger Picture will also take a prize at this year’s Oscars. The MA Character Animation graduate has been shortlisted for the Animated Short Film category at the 87th Academy Awards for her film, The Bigger Picture, which goes up against four other shorts for the highest honour in filmmaking. The picture has already collected accolades at competitions across Europe and industry site Cartoon Brew names it as “the strongest film in the category” at the 2015 Oscars.
A darkly comedic tale of two children caring for their elderly mother, the film was shot using life-size sets and hand-painted characters. Fellow MA Character Animation graduate Chris Wilder worked with Daisy on the film. Speaking ahead of the ceremony Daisy comments: “Studying at CSM provided us with the perfect environment to discover the sort of work we wanted to make, and to allow us to discover our own visual identities and push ourselves in directions that were both untested and challenging.”
Daisy’s course director on the MA Character Animation, Dr Birgitta Hosea fRSA, says: “It’s really gratifying to see Daisy Jacobs, working with Chris Wilder, shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. They have both consistently experimented and pushed the boundary with techniques that combine stop motion with painted animation that spills out of the restrictions of the flat plane. Their work with life-sized animation is extremely original and I can’t wait to see the result of their next project.”
This awards season there was also a win for LCF alumni Mark Coulier and Frances Hannon, who took the Best Make-up and Hair award at the BAFTAs for work on Grand Budapest Hotel. The duo are nominated for the Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.
See the full nominations for the Oscars 2015
See the BAFTA winners 2015
Watch The Bigger Picture trailer
Watch Daisy Jacobs on BBC News talking about the story behind The Bigger Picture
See Daisy’s Kickstarter campaign for her next film
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