Mocong ‘Mo’ Yuan is an animator and visual development artist currently based in London.
Before coming to the Royal College of Art to pursue her Master of Arts degree in Experimental Animation, Mo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, in 2019 with Honours in 2D Animation. She was a recipient of pre-production and post-production grants in the Film and Animation Department.
Upon graduating from the School of Visual Arts, Mo worked as the lead designer and animator for an unreleased documentary film project in New York City. In 2021 she began to work as the lead visual development artist for Hi! Dinosaur, a children’s animation series developed in Bytedance Inc., the parent company of TikTok, before resuming her MA study at the Royal College of Art.
Her bachelor’s degree film Cosmos Express (2019) was made an official selection in several international film and animation festivals, including London International Animation Festival, Raindance Film Festival and National Film Festival for Talented Youth. The film evoked discourse over mental health issues and was a part of the Flyway Mental Health and Art Exhibition in Shanghai. It received a prize for Character-based Animation Short at Los Angeles Animation Festival, and was nominated for Best Character Design at Beijing Film Academy Animation Awards.
Her first-year film at the Royal College of Art, Catastrophe (2022), has been shortlisted for BFI Future Film Festival in 2023.