Marilyn Myller is a short film from Parabella filmmaker and BAFTA award-winning director Mikey Please. Marilyn Myller premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it won the McLaren Award for Best British Animation. It also screened at Sundance, SXSW, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, and dozens more. The short has won top awards and recognition from Ottawa Animation, Chicago Film Fest, ADC, Melbourne Animation, Encounters SFF, and more. Using stop motion to bring hundreds of hand-made sculptures and foam puppets to life under a dramatically lit black and white backdrop, this film follows an artist who creates, and then destroys, statuettes. The theme explores the middle ground between creation and destruction, with a meta and satiral commentary on the art world itself expertly molded into it.
After you watch the trailer and the other BTS snippets, jump over to Submarine Channel's profile on Mikey and Marilyn Myller for a fuller sense of the project.
Produced by Hornet & Blink
Filmed at Clapham Road Studios
Executive Producers - Peter Medlock, Michael Feder, Bart Yates, Mikey Please
Produced by - Jan Stebbins, James Stevenson Bretton, Mikey Please
Animated & Photographed by Mikey Please, Dan Ojari
Animation from Tim Allen, Steven Warne
Music Composed by Ben Please, Jools Scott, Bethany Porter
Sound Design Adam Janota Bzowski
Voices Josie Long, James Stevenson Bretton, Theodora Van Der Beek, Josephine Gallagher
Model Makers Jen Newman, Nadia Oh, Katy Beverage, Dan Ojari, Mikey Please, Carmen Mason, Anna Ginsberg, Laura Bateman, Kim Swallow
Puppets Mikey Please, Lizzy Dalton, Jen Newman
Set Design Nadia Oh, Mikey Please, Jen Newman, Dan Ojari
Supervising DOP Matthew Day
Studio Manager Elizabeth Day
Incidental Lighting Max Halstead
Technical Support Toby Goodyear
Musicians Andrew Douglas Forbes, Catherine Hurley, Emma Hooper, Benedict Please, Bethany Porter, Jools Scott, Ian Vorley, James Watts
Soloists Amadou Diagne, Maria Danishvar Brown
Recording Engineers Ben Please, Jack Sedgwick
Mixed by Simon Harris @ Offset Audio
Post Production Yussef Cole, Elisa Ciocca, Jon Gallagher, Marty Green, Rachel Kwak, Michael Luzzi, Joey McCormick, Mikey Please, Leandro Santini, Ted Wiggin
Grader Rachel Rardin
An exciting merger of two animation greats, Mikey Please partnered with longtime friend and collaborator Dan Ojari in 2014 to form Hornet directing collective Parabella.
Ojari was a major animating force behind Please’s memorable film Marilyn Myller, as well as his 2011 BAFTA winning stop motion film The Eagleman Stag, so there was a history of working well together. Ojari is also widely known for his own epic short Slow Derek, which took on the festival circuit in 2012 and screened at Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.