A Brigham Young University Center for Animation student film has been awarded a Student Emmy for its musical score, and has been selected for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts student competition.
"Papa" was written and directed by Danny Russon. The film’s music was composed by Jordan Kamalu, a recent BYU graduate.
Russon states that "Papa" touches on themes that include death, trust and being able to move on. The film features no dialogue and uses visual storytelling to address these with the aid of the musical score. It is focused on a young woman going on a date as she is watched by her father, who has recently died. The film is described by Russon as a mixture of humor, charming while also having deeper meaning.
The credits sequence indicates that the score was performed by the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra with Kary Katseanes as its conductor.
This is the first time that animation from BYU students has been recognized by the BAFTA awards. Winners will be announced Thursday.