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Mikey Please

independent animator mikey please’s haunting work

Mikey Please is an independent animator in London. His work caught my eye when he showed up in a Google alert titled “unusual animation.” Google done did good. They pegged Please’s work. Dead-on.

What got me interested is an elegance to the style. It pulls you in because it’s visually pleasing, BUT you need to stare at it for a moment to get what it is that you’re seeing. For instance. My first impression of Please’s work was this still.

Mikey Please

The paper-like glow of the character caught my eye and kept it, then I realized the huge size of the character when the trees came into view. I decided to watch his shorts to see if the animated work could match that depth.

Yup.

 

MARILYN MYLLER – Trailer from Mikey Please on Vimeo.

How does he get this effect? Hell if I know. I even watched this short and still can’t quite make out what he’s working with, but it isn’t pixels.

Marilyn MyllerTime lapse from Mikey Please on Vimeo.

So what is he working on these days? From his Facebook page:

Friends… A new trailer for MARILYN MYLLER, to celebrate it’s UK Premiere at The Edinburgh Film Festival tomorrow. 

https://vimeo.com/69100068

A year in the making, the full six minute stopmotion short features the voice of Josie Long, one zillion hand carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets [editor’s note: OH! FOAM!], two eye fulls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching”

He’s also working with Vine, which I still have to get around to myself.

 

 

You can see all of his current work on Mikey Please’s website. You can also follow him and his active Twitterness at @MisterPlease.