New York, NY — Production company Hornet announced that it has signed 2011Â BAFTAÂ Award-winning directorÂ Mikey Please to its talent roster. Having recently finished the festival circuit, Mikey’s BAFTA Award-winning film,Â The Eagleman Stag, is now making its full-length public debut.
After healing the sprained ankle of a unicorn, Mikey Please was granted one wish. He wished to be the greatest animation director, EVER. Alas, unicorns aren’t magicians. Though, it did tell him that if he worked really, really hard forever, then maybe one day he’d be kind of ok.
So he went off to do a Masters at London’s Royal College of Art, funding it with commissions from a range of clients including Virgin, Rough Trade, Ninja Tune and Universal Records.Â There he made a short film calledÂ The Eagleman Stag, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, won a BAFTA Award and over twenty other awards from places such as SXSW;Â International Film Festivals inÂ Seattle, LA and Chicago; and AFI.
The Eagleman Stag tells the story of a man who has spent his life in both fascination and fear of his quickening perception of time with age. As the main character nears the end of his days, his interest turns to obsession, which leads him to undertake progressively extreme measures to control and counter time’s increasing pace.
Nike will be among the first major brands to leverage Mikey’s carefully constructed storylines. Due to launch in May, the stop motion film will highlight the fitness-tracking device known as the Nike+ FuelBand and use the product’s slogan to drive the plot. In addition to the project with Nike, Mikey is developing a new short film calledÂ Martyn Myller, which will be produced by Hornet.
Hornet will represent Mikey in the US, Canada and South America. Passion Pictures will provide representation in Europe.