The BYU Center for Animation has won its 18th Student Emmy Award — this time for its film score — as well as has made the short list for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The new animation short, “Papá,” tells a heartwarming story with comedic relief of a deceased father overseeing and manipulating his daughter’s date. All of this story is told without a word being uttered. To capture the appropriate emotions, BYU asked Jordan Kamalu, a recent graduate of BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, to compose the music.
Kamalu said student writer and director Danny Russon wanted a French-Italian romantic theme for the music, so Kamalu sought for inspiration by watching other short films where emotion was primarily portrayed in the music as well as the opening scene, “Married Life,” in Disney Pixar’s “Up.”
“(Composer) Michael Giacchino used the same themes to make you feel happy, sad, and a whole range of emotions,” Kamalu said in a press release. “I thought I could do the same thing in ‘Papá.’”
BYU Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the music for the short.
Besides the 18th Student Emmy, BYU’s animation students had two shorts make the top 30 films for BAFTA. This year’s “Papá and the school’s 2015 short “Ram’s Horn” both made the narrowed-down list, which was selected from 245 film submissions.
“BAFTA is one of the most prestigious awards in the world,” said Brent Adams, director of the BYU Center for Animation, in a press release. “Just being on the shortlist of films is very, very prestigious.”