The Eagleman Stag is the 2011 BAFTA Award winning, Royal College of Art thesis film of director Mikey Please. It tells the story of Peter, a man whose life has been spent in both fascination and fear of his quickening perception of time with age. As he nears the end of his days, his interest turns to obsession, which leads him to undertake progressively extreme measures to control and counter times increasing pace. Peter also discovers that if you repeat the word "fly" for long enough, it sounds like you are saying "life." This is of no real help to him. His answers lie in the brain of a beatle.
BAFTA Award: Best Animated Short
British Animation Award: Best Graduation Short
Clermont Ferrand Film Festival: Prix de la Telerama, Special Jury Mention
Sleepwalkers: Best Animated Short
South by Southwest: Wholphin Award, Special Mention
River Run Film Festival: Best Student Short, Best Animated Short
Royal Television Society: Best Postgraduate Animated Short
Animayo: Best Animated Short
Seattle International Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize, Best Animated Short
Annecy International Animation Festival: Special Distinction
Los Angeles Film Festival: Best Animated Short
Animation Block Party: Best in Show
Traverse City Film Festival: Best Animated Short
Chicago International Film Festival: Golden Hugo, Best Short
Cutout Mexico: Bronze Award, Best Narrative Short
New York Science Film Festival: Nature Scientific Merit Award
AFI: Best Animated Short
Semafor: Special Mention
Giraf: Innovation Award
Linoleum: Grand Prize, Best Animated Short
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.