Ter­rence Masson, director of Northeastern’s Cre­ative Indus­tries pro­gram, con­sulted on an Oscar-​​nominated short ani­mated film. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

When the Academy Awards air on Sunday, Ter­rence Masson, director of the Cre­ative Indus­tries pro­gram in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, will be par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in the cat­e­gory for Best Short Film (Animated).

That’s because Masson served as a con­sulting pro­ducer on the Oscar-​​nominated “The Fan­tastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Less­more” from Moonbot Studios.

Masson, who worked on the pro­duc­tion time­line, budget pro­jec­tions and story editing, called the role an incred­ible expe­ri­ence, which began in 2007 when he met the pro­duc­tion team.

The film, which does not include dia­logue, fol­lows a man who is swept away in a storm and trans­ported to a place where books are living entities.

The story itself was very intriguing,” Masson said. “I’m a big fan of very strong sto­ries, char­ac­ters and emo­tions, and film­making without the need for dialogue.”

He also loved that the film revolved around reading. The self-​​proclaimed “life­long lover of books” spent much of his child­hood vis­iting libraries and still prefers cracking open a novel to picking up an e-​​reader.

The project adds to Masson’s long list of industry credits, which includes a major role in launching the “South Park” tele­vi­sion series and serving as a dig­ital effects artist on the “Star Wars” films when the Spe­cial Edi­tion ver­sions were released in the late 1990s. He has also served in sev­eral con­sulting, visual effects and super­visor roles on major Hol­ly­wood films such as “Titanic,” Fan­tastic Four,”  “Batman For­ever” and “Inter­view with a Vampire.”

He is devel­oping a short film of his own with his wife, Dana, an ani­ma­tion spe­cialist. The project, which was inspired by the couple’s expe­ri­ence at bed-​​and-​​breakfasts throughout New York, cen­ters on a man who falls in love with the woman of his dreams.

Masson has also used the project to teach his stu­dents about film­making, including how to incor­po­rate real-​​time ani­ma­tion ren­dering to the film using video game graphics tech­nology. This approach, Masson said, is at the fore­front of filmmaking.

Northeastern’s Cre­ative Indus­tries pro­gram pre­pares stu­dents to inte­grate cre­ative con­tent with tech­nology in a wide variety of venues and projects. Stu­dents in the com­bined majors choose between Game Design and Inter­ac­tive Media pro­grams, cul­mi­nating in a group based senior year “Cap­stone” project which is indi­vid­u­ally tai­lored to fit the mix of skills and inter­ests of each grad­u­ating class.

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 27, 2012: The film “The Fan­tastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Less­more” won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Ani­mated) at the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26.