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Oscars 2013: Nominee's diary

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Media captionHead Over Heels faces stiff competition in the animated short film category

British production Head Over Heels - about a married couple who have literally grown apart - is nominated for the best animated short film Oscar at this year's Academy Awards.

The 11-minute film, which uses stop-motion animation, is one of five in contention for the prize. Other nominees include Paperman, produced by the Disney studio, and The Longest Daycare, which features characters from The Simpsons.

Head Over Heels producer Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly made the film with director Timothy Reckart while they were students at the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire.

Here she tells of her experiences in the run-up to the big night.

Tuesday, 19 February

What a whirlwind this entire experience has been.

The animated Oscar nominees have been invited on a tour to meet all the main animation studios and production houses. Ron Diamond of Animation World Network organises the tour every year.

Image caption Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (r) is nominated alongside director Timothy Reckart (l)

Last week we were in San Francisco and we met with Pixar, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Apple and Tippett Studio.

This week we are in Los Angeles and today we visited the Disney ARL (Animation Research Library) in Greendale. It is the home to pretty much all of Disney's artwork and we were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to select something to view from their impressive archive.

Tim is a huge Fantasia fan and he asked to view original concept art from the Night on Bald Mountain scene. Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney.

I requested to check out the puppets from The Nightmare Before Christmas, a stop-motion animation written by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick.

We had the privilege of meeting Henry at a screening last week in San Francisco. It was exciting to discuss our film with such an animation legend.

Now we are off to a screening of all the nominated short films. How brilliant…

The Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 24 February.

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